Five Awesome Kids Museums in Arkansas You Need to VIsit This Year
If there is one thing most homeschool families love it is an awesome museum. If it were up to me they would all be educational. If you left it up to the nerdlets they would all have super fun exhibits. Luckily for us, many of the kids museums in Arkansas fit the bill for both of those requirements!
Arkansas is a great place for families to live. Whether going to a fun festival, checking out a museum, or just enjoying nature there is always something great for kids to do here.
I didn’t always feel that way, though. In fact, before PCSing to the local Air Force base here I knew next to nothing about Arkansas, never mind all of the fun Arkansas attractions that awaited us. I could find it on a map, but that was about it.
It took a little while for me to get used to a rural lifestyle after living in Ohio, Utah, and Japan. However, once I put the work in to really get to know this state we now call home and all of the fun Arkansas points of interest, I found that it has so much to offer families with children.
Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
This is one of our favorite quick stops when we are in Little Rock. They have a wide variety of live exhibits, historical items, and representations of the various wildlife and ecosystems throughout Arkansas. We always enjoy stopping in to see the frogs, birds, and even the little alligator they have in the museum.
They have an amazing exhibit of the various fish that are native to Arkansas as well that has a bench where you can sit and watch the fish explore their environment.
This museum is an excellent option for children of all ages. They have trails available outside of the museum that follow the Arkansas River. Most, if not all of the trails, are completely accessible.
The Scott Family Amazeum
This museum is located up in Northern Arkansas. In fact, it is just adjacent to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. ( An excellent museum for older children! They have some absolutely beautiful exhibits.)
This Bentonville, Arkansas museum is geared more toward elementary-aged children. However, children of all ages (and even adults) can find something fun to do here. They had everything from chocolate experiments to a dissection of a cow’s eye going on at our last visit! It is definitely on my list of top Arkansas museums because it is such a great time AND even in my 30’s I walked away knowing a few new things (always bonus points for us nerdy homeschool moms lol)
Don’t forget to save time to check out the first Walmart (aka The Walmart Museum)while you are in Bentonville!
Arkansas Railroad Museum
The railroad is a huge part of Arkansas history and continues to be an integral part of the story of Arkansas. Our visit to the Arkansas Railroad Museum let us explore train cars and engines that have existed throughout history. Even the building itself is pretty cool!
There is a ton of history in this museum including many things around the growth of the railroad industry as well as the different generations of railroad throughout time.
This museum is a great one for middle school-aged children. There are a ton of opportunities for climbing, exploring, and learning.
While this museum is on one story it may be a little difficult to maneuver with a stroller. However, for the most part, the exhibits are accessible. There is no heat or air conditioning in the building so temperatures can get a little extreme.
Toltec Mound Archaeological State Park
As a historian and anthropology nerd, I absolutely love the museum at this state park. It tells the story of the lives and culture of the early people of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. There is a wide variety of artifacts, including items used in daily life, hunting and fishing materials, and even exhibits showing how the people who once lived on the land used the skins and furs of indigenous animals.
This archaeological park and museum is a wonderful choice for an educational trip. ( It makes a really fun homeschool field trip!)
The museum and trail exploring the mounds are accessible. There is a bridge along the trail that goes out over the river, which is also accessible.
Ruland Junction Toy Train Museum
This is by far one of the most unique museums that we have visited since coming back to the states from Japan. This two-story museum features a large variety of toy train and miniature exhibits. Children of all ages could spend hours exploring this museum.
The owners of the museum are wonderful people who are happy to explain exhibits to you and the history behind many of them. Our whole family truly enjoyed the homeschool trip we took here.
A Great Place for Kids
There are so many things for families to do in Arkansas. Whether it’s going to a local festival, hitting up the zoo, or just exploring nature there’s a little something for everyone. I have truly enjoyed adventuring in Arkansas since we moved to the South.
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