Exhibits are scheduled on a rotating basis using artifacts from the various collections in the museum archives or partners in preservation of Arkansas history. The current Exhibitions are the World's Fair of 1904 and Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation.
The 1904 World's Fair exhibit features hundreds of items that were recovered from, sold as souvenirs, or are related to the World's Fair including tumblers, tableware, programs, pamphlets, music, photographs, statues, stamps, matches, ribbons, postcards, pins, mirrors, medallions, and much, much more. Some of the artifacts are from earlier World's Fairs as well and many are leant to other museums for their own exhibitions on the World's Fair.
Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and its Reputation contains artifacts that relate to what the rest of the country thinks about the great state of Arkansas. The exhibit includes items such as popular sheet music from the 1800's and early 1900's all the way through the 1980's. There are also sketches, stamps, relics related to prohibition and the cigar tax, postcards, records, and poems and literature. Many of these items reference the "hillbilly" stereotype that Arkansas is known for throughout much of the United States. There are also instruments such as banjos and fiddlers on display.
The upcoming exhibit is called "Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures from The University of Arkansas Museum Collection." The University of Arkansas Museum closed to the public in 2003, so it is a great privilege for the Old State House Museum to beable to showcase some rarely seen artifacts from this collection that center around the "weird" and eccentric side of history. Artifacts such as dinosaur toes, infamous gangsters Bonnie and Clyde's guns, Ming Dynasty pottery, mammoth jaws and Mexican pig masks made of wood are just some of the items that are meant to ignite the imagination of viewers, especially those patrons who are visiting the museum for the first time.
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