Lower White River Museum State Park

2009 Main Street, Des Arc, AR 72040 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 8:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. (CST)




Free Everyday

Discover the role of Arkansas’s White River, with emphasis on the Lower White, as a vital transportation route for early settlers on the Arkansas frontier. Museum exhibits interpret the river’s influence on settlements during the steamboat era and the expansion of commerce from its roots in hunting and fishing into shelling, timber, and agriculture.

Life-sized figures of a steamboat captain, slave, schoolteacher, and land surveyor greet visitors, introducing themselves with dialog taken from oral histories and slave narratives. A 100 ft.² pen and ink mural, by Little Rock artist Richard DeSpain, serves as the backdrop for these figures. The mural, based on a historical photograph, features the steamboat J. A. Woodson waiting to be loaded with cotton.


September 21, 2019 @ 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Learn to preserve your family's history with a free photo conservation workshop.


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