Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
A regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. The museum takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s.
Most of what you’ll see at the museum highlights the real shapers of Ozark history—the everyday men, women, and children who lived in our towns and rural communities. Along with exhibits, you can explore six historic buildings on the museum grounds. We also have a research library with a collection of over 500,000 photographs of Ozark life.
Monday through Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
CLOSED TEMPORARILY. SEE NOTICE BELOW.
A Message to the Community
3 June 2020
At the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, we envision a community inspired by local history. While there is much to be proud of, we also recognize our own community’s history of racism, intolerance, violence, and injustice.
Today we stand with Black Lives Matter and people of color who have once again been literally beaten down. We stand with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Tony McDade, and others, as well as with those in our Northwest Arkansas community and across the nation who seek justice.
Mr. Floyd’s murder and the reactions to it should not be a surprise. Our own Arkansas Ozarks history is rife with racism and violence that have unequally impacted communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and immigrants. Part of our work at the museum is to help others see Mr. Floyd’s death not as a single horrendous event, but a part of the ugly history we must own.
Our collections, exhibits, and research library hold the stories of some of these tragedies. However, we need to do better in our collecting, exhibiting, and archiving. Just as we are now proactively collecting the stories and images of the COVID-19 pandemic in Northwest Arkansas, we must increasingly collect the stories and images from people who wish to share their own experiences with civil rights violations and violence. We must also make our community aware of our resources that may offer context for our shared history.
Likewise our role as a museum is also to educate about and celebrate diversity. We are proud of our work in that area through programming, exhibits, and events, but we need to strengthen that work, engage in constructive dialogue, and encourage listening, learning, and understanding.
The tragic events that led to Mr. Floyd’s death are deeply rooted in our country and have at least in part unfolded due to a lack of knowledge and empathy. In collecting and sharing our community’s stories, and in encouraging learning and celebrating diversity, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History hopes to serve Northwest Arkansas by educating and inspiring action that can lead to a more equitable community.
Notice of Temporary Closing
The Shiloh Museum will be closed to the public and is suspending programs, events, public meeting room use, and outreach until further notice. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the actions of local health officials to determine when to resume programming and reopen the museum.
We make this difficult decision due to the Shiloh Museum’s visitor demographics, which cluster around vulnerable older visitors, out-of-state travelers, and children, all of whom we want to protect.
We understand this situation is not ideal and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause, but the public’s health and the health of our staff are our priority.
While the museum is closed, we encourage you to explore the online resources here on our website and follow us on social media. Also, since museum staff members will continue to work during the closure, researchers may continue to call or email the museum with questions about our regional history.
Thank you for your patience. Stay healthy.
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