No museum is complete without their very own ghost!
May Belle sure is missing all the attention from the riverboat visitors. She seems a tad depressed.
to read her story.
Phillips County, Arkansas
Our museum serves as a cultural resource that preserves the region's history while connecting us to our ancestors and our past for generations to come. Phillips County is steeped in important history, and memories of those times have been preserved and exhibited through impressive collections for all to experience. The museum is located in a charming historic building and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wednesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Special Tours May Be Arranged by Contacting the Museum
Welcome to nostalgia
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This site was last updated December 2, 2013
Did you know.....
In 1888 the women of a literary group named the Pacaha Club, the
Indian word for Helena, began working toward a permanent library.
At a public meeting on February 29, the forty ladies in attendance
chose their name, the Women's Library Association, and adopted a
charter modeled after the Ladies' Library Association of Kalamazoo,
Michigan. The Grand Opera House was used to house a collection
of 821 books above the vaudeville stage as a subscription library
and free reading room.
Click on picture to view closer.
one of the prettiest
situations on the
Mark Twain 1896
NOTICE: No one is authorized to use our information or photographs without prior written permission. All inquiries should be sent to the Helena Museum, 623 Pecan Street, Helena, AR 72342
The steam engine 726 pulled train cars on and off the Pelican, a train ferry, and rode across the river with its train. The Pelican was built in 1902 and was moved to Helena in 1930. It transported both freight and passenger trains across the Mississippi River from Helena, AR to Lula, MS.
While this website is a good place to learn about the Museum and our local area, it is no substitute for a visit to explore the wonderful exhibits on display and to lose yourself in nostalgia of long ago. Awaiting you are artifacts of Native American Indians, the Civil War, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, fine/decorative arts, military uniforms, documents and so much more. Admission is free so visit us soon!
In honor of the Christmas Holiday, we created a special gallery for December which includes artifacts and photos related to a religious theme. We also ask you to visit our Santa's Prayer page to read a special treat from local author, Hays Williams.
Click images to open the gallery.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Visit the museum to truly enjoy these special items and other great exhibits.