Fort Smith Museum of History


The Atkinson-Williams Warehouse (circa 1907) is now the storehouse of about 40,000 artifacts from Fort Smith’s fascinating past. Exhibits take you through its days as a frontier town in Indian Territory to its post–Civil War federal court period and beyond.

Highlights include a re-creation of the courtroom presided over by Judge Isaac C. Parker (aka the Hanging Judge), a replica 19th-century woodworking shop, a 1920s drugstore with a working soda fountain, and a display of vintage telephones.There are also photographs and memorabilia related to the four-story brick building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also on many a list of haunted places: museum staff and visitors have reported seeing a small child or hearing a gavel slamming.


320 Rogers Ave.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903


35.38786600, -94.42871500

Open Hours

June--Aug.: Tues.--Sat. 10--5, Sun. 1--5. Sept.--May.: Tues.--Sat. 10--5.
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(479) 783-7841

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