Traveling Exhibits

The Old State House Museum has a number of traveling exhibits available for loan to museums, libraries and other institutions around the state. We pride ourselves on creating award-winning exhibits based on original research, and we want to share these experiences with as many people as possible. The traveling versions of our exhibits have much of the same text and graphics as the full exhibits at the museum.

Visitors to an Old State House Museum traveling exhibit will have an enriched experience similar to what they would receive at the museum. Unfortunately, due to security issues, we are unable to allow artifacts to accompany the traveling exhibits.

Some exhibits are managed by Old State House Museum staff, while others are handled by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Each exhibit lists the appropriate contact information for inquiries.

Click on an exhibit title below to learn more.

For booking information, contact: Gail Stephens, Old State House Museum, (501) 324-9685

The Arkansas Department of Correction traveling exhibit focuses on the state's prison system from 1838 to 2001 and features images from the Old State House Museum's Arkansas Department of Correction Collection. The exhibit panels cover topics such as Arkansas prisons, criminal activity, inmate life, security and discipline and escapes.

Please contact Gail Stephens at the Old State House Museum at (501) 324-9685 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit. 

For booking information, contact: Robin Phelps, Arkansas Humanities Council, (501) 320-5761

"Arkansas, Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation" examines the myths and the realities that gave rise to Arkansas’s reputation as a backward, lawless, isolated state populated by hillbillies, moonshiners, and bears. From the “The Arkansas Traveler” and “The Big Bear of Arkansas” to “The Beverly Hillbillies” and Dogpatch, USA, this exhibit will enhance understanding of the Natural State and its representation—and misrepresentation—across the nation and around the world.

Please contact Robin Phelps at the Arkansas Humanities Council at (501) 320-5761 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.

   

For booking information, contact: Gail Stephens, Old State House Museum, (501) 324-9685

"Badges, Bandits, and Bars: Arkansas Law and Justice" explores the state's history of crime and punishment from pre-territorial days to the mid-1980s. The exhibit presents the criminal element, the officers of law enforcement, the colorful history of Arkansas’s courts, and the seemingly endless quest to reform Arkansas’s prison system.

Please contact Gail Stephens at the Old State House Museum at (501) 324-9685 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.

For booking information, contact: Robin Phelps, Arkansas Humanities Council, (501) 320-5761

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war. The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council handles booking and distribution of the exhibit.

Please contact Robin Phelps at the Arkansas Humanities Council at (501) 320-5761 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.

                           

For booking information, contact: Robin Phelps, Arkansas Humanities Council, (501) 320-5761

The bicycle, and its evolution, is an important part of history. Whether considering it as a sport, a business, a necessary means of transportation, as leverage in the fight for women’s equality and suffrage, as art, or as a hobby —the bicycle enjoys a special place in time.

Please contact Robin Phelps at the Arkansas Humanities Council at (501) 320-5761 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.


For booking information, contact: Robin Phelps, Arkansas Humanities Council, (501) 320-5761

Drawing on Arkansas Politics explores Arkansas politics from the unique perspective of Arkansas’s foremost political cartoonists, including George Fisher, Jon Kennedy, Roger Harvell, Tommy Durham, Vic Harville, and Jon Deering.

Please contact Robin Phelps at the Arkansas Humanities Council at (501) 320-5761 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.

For booking information, contact: Gail Stephens, Old State House Museum, (501) 324-9685

The Arkansas State Police traveling exhibit highlights the work of the Arkansas State Police from their creation in 1935 to the modernization of the force in the early 21st century. Featuring images from the Arkansas State Police Collection, the exhibit includes text panels on the creation and early growth of the Arkansas Rangers, the State Police's involvement in ridding Hot Springs of illegal gambling in the 1960s, and the new technology used in the 21st century.

Please contact Gail Stephens at the Old State House Museum at (501) 324-9685 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.

For booking information, contact: Robin Phelps, Arkansas Humanities Council, (501) 320-5761

In the late 19th century, the invention of moving pictures fascinated audiences all over the world. Movies soon became entwined with American popular culture. Arkansans have been involved with the movie industry since the early days. Arkansas’s cast of notables includes actors, writers, directors, cameramen, stuntmen, movie innovators, musicians and producers. The state’s scenery has played an equally prominent role in many films too. Take a look at some of these Arkansas notables and their contributions to stage, screen and television.

Please contact Robin Phelps at the Arkansas Humanities Council at (501) 320-5761 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.

             

For booking information, contact: Gail Stephens, Old State House Museum, (501) 324-9685

"Fay Jones architecture begins in order and ends in mystery. His role can perhaps best be understood as a mediator, a human consciousness that has arisen from the Arkansas soil and scoured the cosmos, then spoken through the voices of stone and wood, glass and steel. Art, philosophy, craft, and human aspiration coalesce in his masterworks, transformed from acts of will into harmonies: Jones lets space sing."

So writes Robert Adams Ivy, Jr. in the exhibit essay for "Outside the Pale: The Architecture of Fay Jones," a magnificent retrospective of the life and work of this disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. "Outside the Pale" was on exhibit at the Old State House between June 1999 and May 2000 and served as the basis for a book by the University of Arkansas Press. The exhibit is now available in a condensed form for use by schools, libraries, and local museums throughout Arkansas. Fay Jones died on August 31, 2004.

Exhibit Specifications:

  • Contained within six crates
  • Minimum requirement of 960 square feet of exhibition space
  • Includes 3 double-sided panels that are arranged by topic: (1) Intro Panel, History, Photograph of Fay Jones, (2) Design, and (3) Organic.

Please contact Gail Stephens at the Old State House Museum at (501) 324-9685 or via email at [email protected] for more information on borrowing this exhibit.