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Increased visitor and program access in April 2023

The main landing of the school on the second story is flanked above by curved arched windows, dark steel lantern light fixtures, and four statues that rise above the main entrance's three sets of wooden double doors.
Built in Art Deco and Gothic Revival styles, Little Rock Central High School has five visible stories (or floors) with an exterior composed of concrete and brick in tan and brown colors.

NPS/B. Schwieger

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News Release Date: April 7, 2023

Contact: Brian Schwieger, 501-396-3006

Little Rock, Arkansas – Beginning Tuesday, April 11, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site will increase public access inside the site’s visitor center and on scheduled ranger-led programming.

Visitors can expect:

  • No specific limitations on the number of visitors allowed inside the visitor center/exhibits at any time; this cancels the prior limit of 50 visitors inside at any time.

  • Scheduled weekday and weekend ranger-led programs will now be able to accommodate 50 visitors. All ranger-led programs will be given at 1:00 p.m. CDT/CST by confirmed reservation only and must be reserved at a minimum of 48 hours (two days) in advance. Groups wanting to bring more than 50 visitors or request a different program time must contact the park in advance to see if an accommodation can be made; programs do not include access inside Little Rock Central High School. For more information on scheduling a tour, visit Guided Tours.

Current policies/logistics in place that remain:

  • The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday (10:00 a.m. CST/CDT to 4:00 p.m. CST/CDT).

    • Free admission.

    • The visitor center will be closed to the public on Sunday and Monday.

    • Visitor access to park exhibits, restrooms and the bookstore will be available only from Tuesday through Saturday.  

    • Guests may visit the grounds of the National Historic Site daily; we recommend using the free NPS App for digital content on the days when the visitor center is closed.

    • Ranger-led tours and other public programming will be available only from Tuesday through Saturday until further notice.   

Outdoor spaces at Little Rock Central High School NHS remain open daily to the public including the Commemorative Garden and the Elizabeth Eckford Commemorative Bench. The Commemorative Garden is open daily for public visitation and use from 7:00 a.m. CST/CDT until sunset.   The Magnolia Mobil Gas Station & Little Rock Central High School are always closed to the public and not available for public use. 

Last updated: April 7, 2023

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Little Rock Central High School NHS
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202-5212



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