Museum Monday: The Delta Cultural Center


I’ve loved museums my entire life…and after working in one for 10 years, that love only grew stronger. On Mondays, I will share some of my favorite museums located within the 26 counties of eastern Arkansas.

 
Kimberly J. Williams
 
 

If you really want to know more about the Arkansas Delta, there’s one place you must visit: the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena. Opened in 1990, the Delta Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve, interpret and present the culture of the 27 counties of the Arkansas Delta.

The museum does this through a mixture of exhibits, photographs, videos and special events, all dedicated to the history of the Arkansas Delta and the people who call the region home. Exhibits inside the museum’s restored depot range in theme from the Mississippi River to Native Americans to the African-American experience to the Civil War.

The Delta Cultural Center Visitors Center, located just north of the Depot, houses the museum’s music exhibits and changing temporary exhibits. It’s also the location of the Museum Store, offering a variety of books, CDs, t-shirts and Arkansas DeltaMade products.

The Visitors Center also houses the studio for King Biscuit Time, the longest-running daily blues radio show in the United States. Hosted by the legendary “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, King Biscuit Time is broadcast live each weekday from 12:15-12:45 p.m.

The Delta Cultural Center hosts special events, such as the Mother’s Best Music Fest (each June) and the Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Festival (every May, two days before Memorial Day), throughout the year. Temporary exhibits range in scope from art to music to photography. The museum’s current temporary exhibit, Nature: Sunrise to Sunset, is a photography exhibition featuring nearly 70 wildlife photos from the region. The exhibit will be displayed through March 31.

Admission to the Delta Cultural Center is free, although donations are accepted. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.DeltaCulturalCenter.com or phone 800-358-0972.

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