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The NEW Rogers Historical Museum

Our area’s story is a big story – and we’re planning a museum big enough to tell it! The new RHM facility will offer more of what we’re already known for – real objects, true stories, and family fun and life-long learning. Imagine a place where lightning flashes overhead and a tornado forms at the touch of a button. Where you can explore the history of transportation through packing a wagon to go West or stepping into a “locomotive” to experience driving a steam train. And where you can hear folks tell their stories of life in Rogers in the past in their own words, illustrated by historic photographs. Visitors to the new facility even will be able to look into actual collections storage and explore the museum’s permanent collection through a computer interactive.

To see building plans and images, click here. To explore the planned exhibits in detail, click here. Questions? Just contact John Burroughs at 479-621-1154 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the new facility be built?
On an L-shaped piece of property directly to the west of the current main facility, going along Cherry to Third Street and along Third north to Poplar.

How large will the new facility be?
27,000 square feet on two levels.

What architectural firm designed the building?
JKJ Architects, Rogers AR.

What will be in the new facility?

• Exhibit galleries totaling 8,100 square feet
• Collections storage and work areas that will more than double our current collections storage space
• Auditorium that will seat 100
• Generous lobby, restrooms, and museum shop
• Offices, research library, conference room, staff break and work rooms
• Exhibit prop storage, elevators, mechanical rooms

Who is designing the exhibits for the new facility?
Most of the exhibits are being designed in-house by museum staff. Two of the permanent exhibits, Our Natural State and White River, are being designed by Haizlip Studio, Memphis TN.

How will the current main facility, the Key Wing, be used?
The primary use of the current main facility will be for education offices and generous classroom space. The building also will house teaching collection and other storage, as well as a well-equipped exhibit building shop.

Why is this expansion needed?

• A growing, changing population with increasing expectations for exhibits
• A growing collection
• Growing, changing school districts with new expectations for museum programming
• Increasing tourism potential for the museum and our historic downtown

How will the expansion be funded?
Through Federal and state grants, support from the City of Rogers, and private fundraising which will be conducted through the Rogers Museum Foundation. The museum has already been awarded a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant and a $147,860 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support this project. Private foundations and individuals will have the opportunity to help make these plans a reality through a capital campaign. Norma Murphy of Hartsook is providing fundraising counsel to the campaign, and our capital campaign manager is Tara Worth. You can reach Tara at 479-621-1154 or

What is the timeline for this project?
We do not expect construction on the facility to begin before 2015. Currently we are in the exhibit design phase of planning for the exhibits in the new facility.

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