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The collections at Hot Springs National Park include a wide variety of natural history specimens and cultural artifacts. Our natural history collection includes mammal and bird specimens, a small herbarium featuring species of plants that occur in the park, paleontological and geological specimens, mounted insects, and associated documents and reports.
The cultural collections include prehistoric and historic archeological materials and associated field records, historic artifacts associated with the bathing industry and the early exploration and settlement of the Hot Springs area, architectural objects related to existing and earlier bath houses, artwork, and extensive archival collections. The archives includes bathhouse records, oral histories, photographs, slides, postcards, drawings, maps, and park administrative records.
You may browse a sampling of our collection items on the NPS Museum Management Program's NPS Web Catalog.
Did You Know?
In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.