The Rogers Historical Museum serves a region with a rich natural and cultural heritage and a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. At the Museum you can explore that heritage and discover that spirit through a wide variety of permanent and changing exhibits, educational programs, and special events. The Museum also has a research library available for public use.
You can step into the turn of the 20th century with a tour of the 1895 Hawkins House and immerse yourself in thought-provoking exhibits offering interesting things to see and to do. You'll enjoy hands-on fun in The Attic, a "please touch" exhibit that is a favorite with families, and explore a downtown of yesteryear on First Street, an exhibit that brings to life three early Rogers businesses.
You'll come to appreciate the history of this corner of Northwest Arkansas through the stories of its people: touching stories, funny stories, inspiring stories, stories of famous people like Betty Blake (Mrs. Will) Rogers, political reformer W.H. "Coin" Harvey, or pioneer aviator Louise Thaden, and stories of ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times. The Museum's mission is to preserve and share these stories.
The Museum primarily collects historical objects associated with Benton County, Arkansas, or with long-time residents, businesses, or organizations. Period furniture and household goods needed for display in the Museum's historic 1895 Hawkins House are also collected. The Museum collects objects from 1819, when the Arkansas Territory was formed, to the present.