The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is a museum of history that focuses on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. The museum was opened to the public in 1968 as a result of Springdale city’s acquisition of a collection of artifacts from one of its residents, Guy Howard. The collection of over ten thousand articles dated as early as the prehistoric times. Along with this collection were hundreds of materials such as books and pamphlets about archeology and anthropology. The museum was opened as an advocacy to history and culture. The artifacts displayed in the museum feature major events and people that influenced what is now known to be Ozark. Visitors are able to roam through historic buildings including a barn and a log cabin. Guests will be able to enjoy learning about history as they will be able to use the traditional objects that signified a particular era. Those with an exceptional interest in Ozark history can have access to a compilation of over half a million photos. The museum brings to life the rich history of where it sits through a perfectly curated display of different types of artifacts and materials, some of which are interactive. The permanent exhibit begins from the Prehistoric Ozarks which takes guests back to the end of the Ice Age when the Indians first arrived on the land to the Age of Discovery when the early settlers stumbled upon Northwest Arkansas. It narrates the changes in the way of life as the region experienced one war to the other, one era to the next. It ends with the modern influencers of Arkansas life such as the industries that mold Northwest Arkansas into what it is today.
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is located at 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, Arkansas. The museum is usually open Mondays through Saturdays from 10AM to 5PM and closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free of charge for everyone. Tours are usually self-guided, but it is possible to book a guided tour in advance.
Due to COVID-19, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is closed until further notice.
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