Museums guide 

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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.


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