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What we have: Art museums. History museums. Galleries.

Cultural centers of Pulaski County.

ANSEL ADAMS AT THE ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER: Photographs by Adams, including "Moonrise, Hernandez," go on exhibit Jan. 27 at the Arkansas Arts Center.
  • ANSEL ADAMS AT THE ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER: Photographs by Adams, including "Moonrise, Hernandez," go on exhibit Jan. 27 at the Arkansas Arts Center.

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: The Arts Center evolved from a small Museum of Fine Arts into the large cultural institution it is today, with programs in all the arts. Its permanent collection includes the state's largest collections of European art, works on paper and contemporary craft, which it exhibits in its many galleries along with other traveling exhibitions. The Arts Center holds classes year-round in its museum school, a summer theater school for children and has a children's theater company. Its Artmobile, a traveling gallery, does outreach, and the Arts Center involves its members in selections for its permanent collection with buying trips to New York. Thanks to a bond issue by the city, the Arts Center is in the planning stage for a major renovation and expansion, and has hired Chicago architectural firm Studio Gang to do the design. Studio Gang will hold meetings with the public in 2017 to better understand Little Rock's wants and needs. For membership information, go to Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000.

BUTLER CENTER FOR ARKANSAS STUDIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: The Butler Center, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System, maintains an archive of Arkansas materials, including books, historical documents, personal collections, congressional and gubernatorial papers, genealogical resources and more. It is also the home of the, an online resource for Arkansas history. The Butler Center also maintains a retail gallery and three exhibit spaces, where art and artifacts from its holdings and works by contemporary Arkansas artists are shown. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790.

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive: Little Rock's notorious 1957 school desegregation crisis, when President Eisenhower was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to protect the nine African-American children chosen to break the color barrier at Central High, is told here, with exhibits of artifacts — including a dress worn by Elizabeth Eckford, whose harassment was recorded for posterity in a famous photograph by Will Counts; oral histories of The Nine and others; and other documents. The visitor center, which includes a gift shop, is located catercornered to the high school and across from a commissioned sculpture about the crisis and the school. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957.

CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER: The Clinton Center, located in a park at the easternmost end of President Clinton Avenue (in what is also called the East Village), features permanent exhibits and access to National Archives materials on the Clinton's presidency, traveling exhibitions, a restaurant, publicly available meeting spaces, and a gift shop. It also rotates traveling national exhibits, has a restored wetlands on the grounds and is the southern locus of the Clinton Presidential Bridge across the Arkansas River, part of the River Trail. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 adults, $8 seniors, retired military and college students, $6 youth 6-17, free to active military and children under 6.

ESSE PURSE MUSEUM & STORE, 1510 S. Main St.: This unique museum is located in the revitalized SoMA district on South Main Street. A permanent exhibition of vintage handbags and personal artifacts, "What's Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags," is accompanied by temporary exhibits on items pertaining to women's fashion. Entry to the gift shop, which features contemporary handbags, is free. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $10, $8 for students, seniors and military, free for children under 6. 916-9022.

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: HAM features renovated and replicated 19th century structures from the original city of Little Rock, including Little Rock's oldest standing building, the Hinderliter Tavern. Guided tours are available Monday and Tuesday on the hour, self-guided tours are Wednesday through Sunday. HAM also features several galleries where Bowie knives, contemporary art and the museum's permanent collection are exhibited, along with the permanent exhibit "We Walk in Two Worlds" about Arkansas's indigenous people. Works by Arkansas craftspeople and writers are for sale in the museum shop. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1 under 18, free to 65 and over, free to members. 324-9351.

MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, 503 E. Ninth St. (MacArthur Park): The state's military heritage is told through exhibits in the historic Arsenal Building, birthplace of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits from its collection. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602.

MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: The museum, located in a reconstruction of the historic Mosaic Templars building — the building burned after funding for the museum was found — includes artifacts from the insurance company created by African-American entrepreneur John Bush. It also includes exhibits on the heyday of Ninth Street as an African-American business district and the destructive effects on the community of urban renewal. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593.

OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham St.: The original Capitol of Arkansas was first occupied in 1836. A knife fight between two legislators broke out here; President Clinton also made his acceptance speeches here in 1992 and 1996. Today, it has permanent and changing exhibits on Arkansas-related subjects. Its permanent collection includes gowns worn by the first ladies of Arkansas; Civil War artifacts, including battle flags; quilts and other items. The museum features monthly events outside on the lawn or inside in the Riverfront Room. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685.

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: A science museum with hands-on exhibits on the sciences, including math, physics, natural science and technology in the River Market district. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050.

TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, U.S. Hwy. 165, England: The visible remnants of three mounds built by the prehistoric Plum Bayou culture hug an old channel of the Arkansas River at this major prehistoric Indian site. Tours are self-guided. The state park is also the home of an Arkansas Archeological Survey office and laboratory, in which the site continues to be studied. A museum interprets the site and how archeologists work. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $4 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, $14 for a family. 961-9442.

'MR. NANDU': An exhibition of works on paper by Norwegian artist Liv Fjellsol will be at the Regional Art Museum in Fort Smith Jan. 13-April 2.
  • 'MR. NANDU': An exhibition of works on paper by Norwegian artist Liv Fjellsol will be at the Regional Art Museum in Fort Smith Jan. 13-April 2.

Little Rock area galleries

ARGENTA GALLERY, 413 N. Main St., NLR: Art in all media by members of an artists collective and the home of studioMAIN, an architectural collective. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 258-8991.

BARRY THOMAS FINE ART AND STUDIOS, 711A Main St., NLR: The studio of the impressionist painter, which opens for exhibitions of his work.

CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: Little Rock's longest-lived gallery and frame shop, featuring works by more than 30 Arkansas artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335.

CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art by Arkansans and gifts. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880.

COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: An art gallery and used bookstore on the second and third floors of a historic building across from the Main Library and a part of the Central Arkansas Library System. Also has a cafe and gift shop. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 918-3093.

DRAWL GALLERY, 5208 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Southern contemporary art. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 240-7446.

GALLERY 221, Second and Center sts.: Work by Arkansas artists and artisans in a collective. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211.

GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: A gallery for emerging artists with special exhibits. Gallery 360 on Facebook.

GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: Exhibitions of work by top Southern and Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787.

HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Gallery of contemporary and earlier works by Arkansas and national African-American artists. Also does framing. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822.

HOUSE OF ART, 108 E. Fourth St., NLR: Changing exhibits of work by local artists.

L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Louis Beck. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006.

LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: Gallery features changing exhibits on second floor of library. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 758-1720.

LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 420 Main St., NLR: Gallery features work of Arkansas artists. 687-1061

M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: Works by regional and local contemporary artists. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257.

McLEOD FINE ART GALLERY, 108 W. Sixth St.: Paintings and work in other media by Matt McLeod and gallery artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 725-8508.

MATTHEWS FINE ART GALLERY, 909 North St.: Paintings by Pat and Tracee Matthews, work in other media by Arkansas artists. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 831-6200.


PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. Hwy. 165 and state Hwy. 161: Permanent exhibits on historic agriculture. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $4 adults, $3 children. 961-1409.

SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. Open for special events, tours. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 351-0300.

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