Museum Monday: Arkansas Post Museum State Park

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
Happy Monday to you all!! When I chose today’s museum, I realized that my parents took me to the museum when I was a kid. Then I remembered the first time I visited the Louisiana Purchase State Park, also as a child, with my grandparents. Which made me realize that I am, in a way, a walking billboard for Arkansas State Park’s “Making Memories” slogan!

Today’s museum is the Arkansas Post Museum State Park near Gillett. The museum itself began in 1960 as the first county museum in Arkansas. The museum interprets life of those who’ve called the Grand Prairie and the Arkansas Delta home, from the Colonial era to modern times.

Visitors can explore several buildings that are artifacts themselves, including the 1877 Refeld-Hinman Loghouse and the 1933 Carnes-Bonner Playhouse, built by a local state representative for his daughter that features a wood burning fireplace, electricity, and a screened back porch complete with swing. The museum’s Main House displays a variety of artifacts dating back to the Colonial period, as well as an audiovisual room and a gift shop. The pioneer kitchen gives visitors a look at how the region’s early settlers prepared the family meals.

The Arkansas Post Museum State Park, located six miles south of Gillett, is a great way to learn more about those who helped settle the Grand Prairie and the Arkansas Delta. Click here to see the museum’s brochure. Visit to learn more.

Have a great week!

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