The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History was created to interpret our state's military heritage from its territorial period to the present.

Located in the historic Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal--the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur--the museum preserves the contributions of Arkansas men and women who served in the armed forces.

Exhibits feature artifacts, photographs, weapons, documents, uniforms and other military items that vividly portray Arkansas's military history at home and abroad.

Regular Museum Hours:  
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

Free Admission. Donations appreciated.


503 E. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR  72202
Phone:  (501) 376-4602
Fax:  (501) 376-4597
Email:  MacArthur Museum
Executive Director, Stephan McAteer


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Movies At MacArthur- Return To Dak To

Return to Dak To recounts the previously untold war story that occurred at the end of the Vietnam war. Six hundred American soldiers in the 299th Engineer Battalion ordered by President Nixon fought during the 61-day siege. Half were killed, and the other 300 men returned to the United States with no therapy, expected to assimilate back into civilian life. Forty years later, five men who are still haunted decide to return back to Dak To to further explain their feelings to themselves and each other.

Admission is Free and Popcorn and Beverages are provided. 


Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM

10th Annual Holiday Music at the Arsenal Concert

The talents of Margaret Wyatt Piano and Vocal Studio students will be on full display during this festive concert which will put all in the holiday spirit. Admission is free 


Our friends at @calibrarysystem is celebrating Tim O’Brien’s Classic “The Things They Carried” by seeking to record oral histories with Arkansas Vietnam War Veterans. The Arkansas Vietnam War Project collects oral histories, letters, photographs and diaries from Arkansans who served during the conflict. If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this amazing project please visit the Butler Center website (link in bio). To participate in an oral history interview contact Brian Robertson at or call 501-320-5723.


Allison Collection of World War II Photographs

During World War II, James Allison, a sports writer working for the Houston Press, noticed that many photographs not printed in the daily newspaper were routinely discarded. He received permission to save these images, and by war's end he had amassed a collection of more than 4,600 photographs. In August 1977, Allison donated his collection to the Arkansas Museum of Science and History, located in the historic Arsenal building in MacArthur Park. Today, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History owns and preserves these images.

Click here to view the Allison Collection on Flickr.



Watch the City of Little Rock's website for changes or closing due to inclement weather.