Matilda & Karl Pfeiffer Museum & Study Center

Built in 1933, the beautiful Tudor Revival house incorporates the simplicity and high style of the era. The house sits as the centerpiece of 11 acres of grounds and gardens, yet it blends into the landscape as if each were a part of the other. The interior design of the house is somewhat reminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright house, in that it is functional, yet beautiful. The house holds memories of a former time when Karl and Matilda Pfeiffer entertained friends and family, including Karl's sister Pauline Pfeiffer and her husband Ernest Hemingway. 

The Matilda & Karl Pfeiffer Museum & Study Center is a nonprofit organization, based in Piggott, AR, funded by the Matilda Pfeiffer Foundation. The museum provides educational and cultural opportunities featuring an historical home, native botanical gardens, a world class mineral collection and a Native American artifact collection. Our house tour lasts approximately 40 minutes. Longer tours, seminars, classes and study opportunities are available for individuals and groups.

Attractions of the site include: a beautiful 1930's Tudor Revival home on eleven acres of grounds,  a mineral collection of over 1500 specimens from around the world, a Native American artifact collection, a library of over 1400 books. The home was the former home of Karl and Matilda Pfeiffer and has family ties to author, Ernest Hemingway. The property was used in filming the 1956 film, "A Face in the Crowd," starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal.

Visit the Pfeiffer Foundation website for more information.

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Latitude: 36.385922 Longitude: -90.200488 Elevation: 324 ft

Seasons Open

Open all year. Closed on most holidays, two weeks at Christmas and during inclement weather.

Hours Open

Tuesday - Friday 9 am- 4 pm, Saturday 11 am - 4 pm, closed Sunday and Monday

Fees

Admission is free

Eco-Friendly Notes

The grounds have evolved from the grasslands of a former dairy to a preserve of native Arkansas plants. The grounds are also a natural habitat for many small animals. The wooded area is a sanctuary for deer and birds and the pond hosts aquatic creatures as well as provides water for the other inhabitants.

Accessibility Notes

Handicap parking close to entry door and a ramp to the entry door.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets allowed

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