Warm Up With History: Shiloh Museum

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale is a small museum with a lot of history and heart. Nestled in a park-like, two-acre wooded setting, the Shiloh Museum offers exhibits, programs, special events, photos and collections about the Arkansas Ozarks, six historic buildings, museum store, and picnic tables. There is also a research library with a collection of more than 500,000 photographs of Ozark life.

Shiloh Museum logo

This is a regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks and it takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s.

Most of what you’ll see at the museum highlights the everyday men, women, and children who lived in our towns and rural communities.

In addition to permanent exhibits, the museum has some rotating offerings. Current temporary exhibits include:

Cover Stories
Through March 1, 2014 – An exhibit of quilts made for special occasions from the Shiloh Museum collection.


Scenes of Newton County
Through May 10, 2014 – A photo exhibit on the people and places in a ruggedly beautiful area of the Ozarks.

Additionally, it has some of the finest, dedicated staff members in the state. Admission is free. If you haven’t been here, it’s worth a visit. If you have kids, take them; they’ll love it too.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.)

The museum is located at 118 W. Johnson Ave. on the corner of Johnson and Main in historic downtown Springdale.

FROM I-540, take the Elm Springs Road exit (#73), east on Elm Springs Road, which turns into Huntsville Avenue, for about two miles. Turn right on Main Street. Go three blocks, and the museum will be on your left.