Plan Your Visit

After years of preparation, the 53,000 square foot U.S. Marshals Museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith.

Founded in 1817, Fort Smith is now celebrating its bicentennial milestone. With an exciting past, a vibrant present, and a strong future, Fort Smith provides the perfect setting for the U.S. Marshals Museum – and an entertaining travel destination for you and your family.

Fort Smith played an important role during America’s western expansion. The final stop for law and order before entering Indian Territory, Fort Smith was home to the “Hell on the Border” jail and Judge Isaac Parker, the infamous “Hanging Judge.” Much of that rich tradition is preserved for your enjoyment amidst gourmet restaurants, cultural events, and outdoor activities.

Museum Admission and Hours Of Operation

The U.S. Marshals Museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. At this time, information is not available regarding admission pricing or hours of operation. Please check back with us. For the most up-to-date information, register for our newsletters.

Fort Smith, Arkansas | So Much To Offer

Nestled along the Arkansas River, between the Ozark Mountains and the Boston Mountains, Fort Smith has ample recreational areas and beautiful scenery. Bike and hiking paths, state parks, and national forests are accessible in any direction. Retail shopping and cultural treasures abound in Fort Smith, and additional services are available in Northwest Arkansas (1 hour north), Tulsa (2 hours west) and Little Rock (2.5 hours east).

If you are driving, you’ll find that Fort Smith is easily accessible from I40 / I540. Airport transportation to Fort Smith can be easily arranged through the Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM), as well as through Tulsa International (TUL), and Northwest AR Regional (XNA).

Use the links below to explore things to do in the Fort Smith area.

City Information
*   Chamber of Commerce
*   Fort Smith Regional Airport
*   The City of Fort Smith
*   Fort Smith National Historic Site
*   Fort Smith Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
*   Miss Laura’s Visitor Center 
*   University of Arkansas / Fort Smith

Entertainment
*   University of Arkansas / Fort Smith Season of Entertainment
*   Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
*   Fort Smith Museum of History
*   Fort Smith Symphony
*   Fort Smith Little Theatre
*   Fort Smith Trolley Museum

Local Media
*   4029 News
*   5NEWS
*   KNWA News
*   Southwest Times Record
*   Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
*   Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
*   Talk Business & Politics
*   Things To Do in Fort Smith
*   Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine
*   Do South Magazine

Annual Events
*   Fort Smith Bicentennial Celebration 
*   Steel Horse Rally
*   Old Fort Days Rodeo
*   True Grit Ride
*   Fort Smith Marathon 
*   Riverfront Blues Festival 
*   Peacemaker Festival 
*   Bordertown Brew Fest
*   The Unexpected Project