Arkansas State University Museum seeks to connect the people of Northeast Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta region with their history and to enhance the sense of community among all audiences. ASU Museum is one of fewer than 1100 museums in the US accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
ASU Museum is located on the A-State campus in Jonesboro in the west wing of the Dean B. Ellis Library building. With 19,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 60,000 regionally acquired objects, ASU Museum is a veritable treasure of Northeast Arkansas history, culture, and natural history. Long-term exhibits feature fossils going back 300 million years ago, a fully articulated Mastodon skeleton replica based on actual bones found in Northeast Arkansas, a gallery on prehistoric Native American life and culture, artifacts illustrating early settlement in Northeast Arkansas (“Living Off the Land”), period exhibits highlighting shops typical of regional towns dating 1880–1920 (“Old Town Arkansas”), a military gallery, decorative arts, and more.
Multiple activities target children and support Core Curriculum and science, technology, engineering and math—notably, hands-on exhibits about prehistoric peoples in Northeast Arkansas, the early European exploration of Arkansas, and the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The Museum offers a Tinkering Studio and changing hands-on exhibits from the Arkansas Discovery Network, which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Family-oriented events celebrate Black History Month (February) and Día de los Muertos (November). Juried children’s art from area schools is featured every April in “Through a Child’s Eyes.”
Museum staff members teach museum studies classes offered through ASU’s History Department. Classes provide significant real-life experience and instruct in collections management practices, interpretation, and exhibit development.
Free tours are available by appointment (870-972-2074). Limited free parking is available in the parking lot south of the Museum. School buses and large groups, please call for parking instructions.