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‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ to open March 11 at Old State House Museum

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Old State House Museum is pleased to announce that its latest exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures from the University of Arkansas Museum Collection,” will open to the public on March 11.

“Cabinet of Curiosities” shows a diverse collection that ranges from dinosaur bones to Ming Dynasty pottery to a machine gun taken from Bonnie and Clyde’s car. In a way, it’s a greatest hits collection of artifacts that allows viewers to experience the incredible array of world history.

“We’re very excited to have this seldom-seen collection at the Old State House Museum,” Bill Gatewood, Old State House Museum director, said. “It’s a great opportunity to show how collecting and preserving artifacts gives history a new life and kick starts the imagination of viewers, particularly first-time museum visitors.”

The University of Arkansas Museum closed to the public in 2003, and “Cabinet of Curiosities” will be the first time many of these artifacts will be on exhibit since the closing.

Beginning in mid-February, museum professionals will begin using the historic 1885 House of Representatives room to sort and unpack the artifacts in public view, before the exhibit opens.