Open Daily 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Closed Sun + Wed | $5 Admission
Our new exhibit celebrates the Eureka Springs Ozark Folk Festival. First held in the third week of October in 1948, it is believed to be the longest running festival of its kind in the United States.
Designed to preserve and promote the arts, culture, and folklore of the Ozarks, over the years the festival has offered a cornucopia of entertainment, including square dancing and fiddling contests, street dancing, folk music of many traditional styles, spelling bees, horseback tricks and rodeo, comedy and magic acts, vintage fashion show, beard-growing competition, pie suppers, singing contests, dancing and songs by indigenous people, a festival queen competition, arts and craft shows, bagpipes, a “barefoot" ball, and a very large downtown parade.
A self-guided tour through our museum illustrates the history of the healing springs and the founding of our city. Permanent and temporary exhibits depict the indigenous people who first discovered the springs, the hardships of pioneer life, the Victorian renaissance that transformed Eureka Springs into a world-renowned health resort, and the arts and counter-culture movement that shaped us into the “town where misfits fit."
For November 2023, the museum will be showcasing the fantastically colorful works of Judy Hudson as our gift shop Artist of the Month! Judy works in several different mediums, and imbues her work with intense explosions of color and textures. She will be on site for a special artist meet and greet on the afternoon of Friday, November 10 from 2pm to 4pm, where guests can learn more about her inspirations and techniques.
Please help us share our love for history by letting everyone know that we're inviting all locals to visit the museum to view our latest exhibits for FREE during the week of December 4th. Anyone from zip codes 72632, 72631, 72616, and 71613 will get free admission!
ESHM Board Member Larry Handley is pleased to present this year's Snow Train Village Display, the largest Christmas village with trains display in the south! Located at the Great Passion Play with a portion of proceeds to benefit the ES Historical Museum.