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

The History of Bella Vista

This presentation is an overview of the history of Bella Vista from 1915 to present.  It starts with the creation of Lake Bella Vista in 1915, goes through the Linebarger and Keith days of the summer resort, then the opening of Cooper’s retirement village, up to the present day City of Bella Vista. 


Xyta Lucas, a volunteer at the Bella Vista Historical Museum.

Contact information

To schedule a presentation, contact Xyta Lucas directly.                

Email –

Home phone - 479-876-6118

Cell phone - 479-372-2207

Length of program

Can vary to fit scheduler’s requirements.


Teenagers through adults.



Bella Vista Historical Museum or location of scheduler’s choice.


None, but donations to the museum are always appreciated.

Equipment needed

PA system/microphone if large audience.