The NEW Rogers Historical
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
To see building plans and images,
click here. To
explore the planned exhibits in detail,
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
• 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
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,
How will the current main facility, the Key Wing, be
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
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
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.