Street Address
95 South Main
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Mailing Address
95 South Main
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Hours
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM
Sunday11 AM - 4 PM
Admissions
Adults: $5.00
Students: $2.50
Children under 10: free
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Ginni Miller, Museum Director
Cynthia Morin, Webmaster
phone: 479-244-6585

Description

The museum houses a variety of permanent and changing exhibits, preserving the history and art of this health resort town and its people starting with its early settlers in the 1880s who came seeking the healing waters and the early artists who built the early 20th century arts colony. From the exhibits you will discover how “this chaotic tent city of 10,000 souls exploded into a Victorian Health Spa with 54 luxurious hotels”. A vast amount of archival documents, photos, maps etc are available for researchers and historians interested in the Ozarks.

History

In 1971 the Ozark Folk Festival Board of Directors purchased the historic Calif House for the purpose of establishing a museum of local history. A museum advisory board accepted the task to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts in the building, and the museum opened to the public October, 1971.

In 1980, Eureka Springs Historical Museum, Inc., an association open to membership to all interested persons, assumed ownership of the museum property and oversight of its operation. The wood and glass store front and two-story ornamented wood porches were replaced as the building was restored to its original appearance.

The facility has recently become a Visitors Center for tourists in the area.

Artifacts Collections

Collections include Sophia's Parlor, Cora's Cabin (hands-on pioneer artifacts), fire engine memorabilia, quilt exhibit, water and healing springs exhibit, early Ozarks and Eureka Springs artists and WPA regional artists works.

Research Collections

Writings, documents, newspapers, periodicals, books, journals, maps, artistic representations, and the like, which shed light on the history of the region.

Educational Programs

Docent-led group tours, student tours, lectures, hands-on tours, speaker presentations and lectures.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: No

    Services

    Gift Shop