Cabinet of Curiosities
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 March 11, 2017. "Cabinet of Curiosities" shows a diverse collection that ranges from dinosaur toes 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," said director Bill Gatewood. "It’s a great opportunity to show how collecting and preserving artifacts gives history a new life and kickstarts 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. During the first week of March, 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.