Museum Monday: Pine Bluff

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 everyone! Some of you may be on Spring Break with your children…and if you are, you might also be looking for somewhere to take the kids this week. And I have a great suggestion for you…Pine Bluff!

The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, a member of the Arkansas Discovery Network, offers fun, exciting and educational exhibits throughout the year. Illusion Confusion is currently on display. The exhibit focuses on how you can be “tricked” by your senses and how illusions can’t stand up to the tests of science. This is a hands-on, fun exhibit great for kids of all ages!

Make sure and check out the Delta Rivers Nature Center. The 20,000-gallon aquarium is filled with native fish. There are also live snakes, alligators and turtles on display. Don’t miss the short movie that features a “fly-over” of the Arkansas Delta. There are also hiking trails and wildflowers and native plants to enjoy.  

If you have youngsters that love trains, you must plan a visit to the Arkansas Railroad Museum. The museum houses a fully restored locomotive built in Pine Bluff in 1942, railroad memorabilia, old railroad cars and almost everything you can imagine pertaining to trains and railroads.

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum tells the story of the area from 1830 to the present. There’s a wonderful exhibit dedicated to those who served in the military. Kids of ALL ages will enjoy the display of dolls, which spans decades of little girls’ toys. The museum is housed in a restored Union Station depot.  

Some of Arkansas’s most well-known sons and daughters are featured at the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. An animatronic statute of Johnny Cash greets and sings to you. Exhibits feature costumes, memorabilia and instruments from Arkansans who  became known throughout the world, including John Grisham, Ronnie Dunn, Charlie Rich, Levon Helm, K.T. Oslin, Conway Twitty and many others.

I hope you all have a great week…and if you’re on Spring Break, get out and enjoy The Natural State!

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