Bella Vista Historical Museum
1885 Bella Vista Way
Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714

Corner of Highway 71 and Kingsland


Open Year Around!

Wednesday through Sunday
1 pm to 5 pm

Closed Monday, Tuesday, major holidays

Admission is free

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Bella Vista Historical Museum

Event Calendar

Settler's Cabin
The old cabin is now open to the public during museum hours. Simply ask the museum docent to unlock the cabin for you if you want to see it. You can read more about the cabin here.

Civil War Roundtable
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Our Roundtable continues to meet the first Thursday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the museum.  If you would like to get on their mailing list to be informed of future speakers, please contact Chuck Pribbernow at The next meeting, on Thursday, February 6, has a change in speaker to Greg Mayfield, who will be talking about his ancestors who owned the general store in Leetown near Pea Ridge and over 300 acres of surrounding land. After the war, they filed a claim for damages against the federal government, which they unsuccessfully pursued for 30 years. The records from that case contain depositions from locals which are full of information about the lead-up to the Pea Ridge battle and the aftermath.

Future programs

March 5, 2020 - Brad Davenport: The Last Battle of the Civil War

April 2, 2020 - Jerry Moore and Dr. Chris Hugard; Aaron Van Winkle

May 7, 2020 - Clinton Willis; CSS Hunley

June 4, 2020 - Mark Christ; TBA

July 2, 2020 - Matt McCoy, Univ of AR at Fort Smith; TBA

August 6, 2020 - Terry Winschel; The Battle of Vicksburg

September 3, 2020 - TBA

October 1, 2020 - Russ Pennington; Battle of Arkansas Post

November 5, 2020 - Tom Dillard; Civil War Infrastructure in Arkansas

December 3, 2020 - Bob Underdown; Christmas in the Civil War

Old Time Movies
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:00 pm

Once again, Bill and Mary Jane Cole (two of our docents), will be showing old time movies on a vintage 1940s projector and sound system. The two sound movies that we will be showing are  "Murder Case" (1930, 30 minutes), in which Laurel & Hardy are looking forward to a vast inheritance in a short time and "Dirty Work" (1933, 20 minutes), in which Laurel and Hardy are expert chimney cleaners. We will provide popcorn during intermission. Admission is free and open to the public. This is an experience you shouldn't miss!

Bella Vista Business Association Business Fair
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Historic Sites Driving Tour
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Dale Phillips will lead a tour of a number of Bella Vista's historic sites. This is a must-see tour, if you live in Bella Vista as it will give you a new appreciation for our wonderful community. Everyone will meet at the Bella Vista Historical Museum at 12:30 and divide into carpool vehicles before leaving at 1 pm. The tour will return to the museum around 4-5 pm. This is a fundraiser for the museum, so the cost is $15 for an individual and $25 for two people. To sign up, please contact Dale via email here.