Warm Up With History: Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville
It’s cold outside…so why not visit one of The Natural State’s many great museums this winter? During January, our blogs will give you suggestions on museums throughout Arkansas that offer something for the entire family…a great chance to Warm Up with History!
Looking for a way to celebrate President’s Day on Feb. 17? Head on over to the Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville. On President’s Day, it offers free admission all day and you can play the museum’s President’s Day Trivia Contest to win an “I MISS BILL” bumper sticker.
The Clinton House Museum is a one-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot house in Fayetteville. Unassuming among the other homes that surround it, this home has a special place in history. Not only did a future United States President and Secretary of State call this their first home, they were married right in the living room. Bill Clinton took Hillary Rodham’s hand in marriage in October of 1975, 17 years before he would be elected President.
Now a museum, here you can witness rarely seen memorabilia of Clinton’s early political career, including his campaigns for US House of Representatives and Arkansas Attorney General. You can also study some of Clinton’s earliest political speeches, view a faithful replica of Hillary’s wedding dress, and follow a timeline to put their Fayetteville years in perspective. In the Gift Shop you’ll discover books, mementos, and more for a keepsake of your trip and be just steps away from the University of Arkansas campus where the Clinton’s taught at the Law School.
The house is a 1930s English-style bungalow, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is available for public tours, small meetings, receptions and weddings. The First Ladies Garden in the backyard features favorite flowers of the first ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle O’Bama.