Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901 - United States
The Fort Smith Museum of History, established in 1910, is housed in the Atkinson-Williams Warehouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Permanent and rotating exhibitions chronicle the history of Fort Smith from its beginning as a military post in 1817. The William O. Darby Memorial Room tells the story of the founder of the modern Army Rangers. A gift shop features locally produced art and a selection of Fort Smith and regional history books. A 1920s-1940s working exhibit replicates a pharmacy and soda fountain offering old fashioned ice cream sodas, fountain drinks and sundaes.
Visit our Old Fashioned Soda Fountain, a working exhibit where old-fashioned sodas are available for the enjoying. Housed inside our Pharmacy Exhibit, the two displays showcase the feel of early pharmacies and the business taking place inside. Our updated exhibit on General William O. Darby, father of the modern Army Rangers, known as Darby's Rangers during WW II, exhibits "new" photographs of Darby growing up in Fort Smith. Renovations are underway in our timeline where visitors can see a scale model replica "skiff", a reproduction of the type water craft that carried soldiers to the confluence of the Poteau and Arkansas Rivers in 1817 where the 7th Infantry established the first Fort Smith. The skiff is a hand-on experience for kids! "On The Air" is the history of broadcast in Fort Smith. Complete with a collection of vintage microphones, a radio control booth, and early television equipment, "On the Air" is a step back in time to the beginnings of modern broadcast communications in Fort Smith. A new exhibition showing the relationship between the hardwood trees of the area and the flourishing furniture businesses in Fort Smith is housed on the 2nd floor and presented by the Hardwood Tree Museum.
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