Central High Museum and Visitor's Center, Little Rock
2125 Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72201
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Contact:+1 501 374 1957
Open Hours: Mo to Th from 06:30 PM to 10:00 PM,Fr to Sa from 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM,Su from 12:30 PM to 04:00 PM,Su from 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Visit the museum that celebrates a landmark in our history, the integration of public schools. The Central High Museum and ... More
Central High Museum and Visitor's Center
Visit the museum that celebrates a landmark in our history, the integration of public schools. The Central High Museum and Visitor's Center, located across from the actual Central High School (which is still in use), lets you explore the events that surrounded the 1957 Integration Crisis. See the world through the eyes of the 'Little Rock Nine' in the exhibit 'The World is Watching Us; Little Rock and the 1957 Integration Crisis'. Check out the gift shop for Central High memorabilia. Admission is free.
I knew the story behind the school, but I never realized what a gorgeous building these historical events took place in. I was born in Arkansas and the town I was born in never had anything that came close to this building in it. It is truly awe inspiring! The museum refreshed my memory of these 9 courageous students.
I enjoyed the history of Central as portrayed in the museum. I was greatly disappointed that my Dad's name is not mentioned as the owner of the station. He owned it from 1954 to 1964. Then again from 1966 to 1975. I graduated in 1975. I was and am very proud I had the honor to attend Central.
What a place to go the school is beautiful the football stadium is bigger than some college stadiums nice baseball field the campus is huge and right in the hood and Football gamenight is fantasic the band is great before and after the game so when you go try and make it on a Friday Night Football game.
This little gem of a museum is a must see. The museum itself is the original gas station at which reporters called in their stories, and the school it is very touching to stand in a place where so much vital history and so much bravery took place. The neighborhood is in need of repair though due to the restrictions placed upon it when it was declared a national park or something to that effect. As one who studied this era, I was very moved when I stood before the school. A must see!
As a graduate of this school, I am probably a little biased in my views. But the museum is an excellent place to help people who are too young to remember 1957 understand what it was like and what happened.
The school building itself is still beautiful, still how a school should look. When the school was built, it was named the most beautiful High School in America by the National Association of Architects. There was and is a good reason why. From the soaring height of the central tower, to the four ladies over the doors, to the sweeping steps, the mosaic tiger and the (now being restored) reflecting pool, it is impressive.
Also don't miss the small park across 14th Street; it has an interesting display of pictures from the almost 80 years of the school's existence.
One cannot believe how beautiful this place is until he sees it. There is a sense of awe about it. The neighborhood is trying to keep up with the restoration of the school, but looks like it is well on it's way. There is a great feeling of history here, and a twinge of jealousy towards those who are fortunate enough to call themselves alums! Amazing place.
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