A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Park, 501 E. Ninth St.: Galleries, theater and museum school in downtown Little Rock. The permanent collection of art focuses on Old Master and modern American and European master drawings and contemporary crafts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Lunch in Best Impressions Restaurant 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Closed on major holidays. Free (with the exception of some special exhibits). 372-4000. www.arkarts.com.
Terry House, Seventh and Rock Sts.: An Arkansas Arts Center venue in an antebellum home, available for special event rentals and community exhibits. Free. 372-4000.
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, North Little Rock: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine and exhibits on the Pearl Harbor tug the Hoga. Winter hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-dusk Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-dusk Sun. $6 adults, $4 seniors, military, children (not recommended for children 5 and under). 371-8320.
Arkansas National Guard Museum, 6th and Missouri, Camp Robinson: Exhibits on the history of the Guard and Camp Robinson. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., drill weekends. Free. Call first: 212-5215. www.arngmuseum.com.
Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center, Daisy Bates and Park Sts.: Exhibits, oral histories on the 1957 integration of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Free. 374-1957. www.nps.gov/chsc.
Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: Interactive and documentary exhibits about policies and White House life during Clinton's eight-year tenure in Washington, with a full-size replica of the Oval Office and an interactive Cabinet Room, and changing exhibits. Adults $7; seniors, retired military, college students $5; ages 6-17 $3. Active military, school groups with reservations free. Audio tours $3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 374-4242. www.clintonlibrary.gov.
Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St.: Frontier Arkansas history museum featuring exhibits of art and artifacts from territorial times to present and renovated and reconstructed 19th-century structures, including a tavern, kitchen, print shop and homes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; tours given hourly except noon, last at 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays. Tour fees: Adults $2.50, seniors $1.50, under 18 $1. Free parking. 324-9351. www.arkansashistory.com.
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. Ninth St., MacArthur Park: Standing and temporary displays on Arkansas's military history since the territorial period using artifacts, World War II news photos, a Jeep and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Closed on major holidays, except Memorial and Veterans Days. Free. 376-4602. www.arkmilitaryheritage.com.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Ninth and Broadway: Permanent and changing exhibits on the African-American experience in Arkansas, focusing on entrepreneurs, the Ninth Street business district, the Mosaic Templars business and other post-slavery endeavors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Free. 683—3593. www.mosaictemplarscenter.com.
Museum of Discovery, Museum Center, 500 E. Markham St.: The renovated museum, now the Donald W. Reynolds Science Center, opens Jan. 14 with exhibits on science and technology. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $10 general admission, $7 groups of 15 or more with advance registration. 396-7050. www.amod.org.
Old State House, 300 W. Markham St.: The 1836 state Capitol, the oldest surviving capitol building west of the Mississippi, offers permanent and temporary exhibits on Arkansas history, with a collection that includes State Police artifacts, first ladies' gowns, African-American quilts, Civil War battle flags, Arkansas art pottery and Thompson architectural drawings. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Closed major holidays. Free. 324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.org.
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott: State park facility tells the story of 19th century agriculture and plantation life. $3 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 961-1409.
Scott Plantation Settlement, Alexander Road, Scott: Log cabin, one-room school, hand-hewn corn crib, wash houses, artifacts, blacksmith demonstrations and more illustrate life on a 19th-century plantation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun., mid-March to mid-November. $3 adults, $1 children. 351-5737. www.scottconnections.org.
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, U.S. Highway 165: A prehistoric Indian mound site dated to 1000 A.D. is the focus of the park. The visitors' center's museum features artifacts from the site and information on Arkansas prehistory and archeology. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Closed major holidays. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. www.arkansasstateparks.com/toltecmounds.