Information Central to Your Visit
Is Little Rock Central High School NHS open during the pandemic?
Yes; Little Rock Central High School NHS continues to provide phased access with limited services and occupancy. The Visitor Center allows no more than 10 visitors to be inside at any time; guests may have to wait to access the visitor center and may be restricted to 30 minutes in the visitor center on higher visitation days. Exhibits are currently open, but the site's main interpretive film will be shown only upon request. There is currently limited informal programming on NHS grounds during the pandemic. Outdoor spaces continue to be available daily (Commemorative Garden, front grounds of Little Rock Central High School, front area around the Magnolia Mobil Gas Station, and the Elizabeth Eckford Bus Bench).
What safety measures are in place?
The NHS has modified operations for tours and visitor services to keep visitation numbers within recommended guidelines. We have also installed markers to prompt social distancing, added clear protective shields at the information desk and prepared staff to comply with public health guidelines. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly by following CDC guidance, social distancing and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.
What should I see at the NHS?
Begin your visit at the Visitor Center at 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Park rangers can provide you with suggestions depending on your interests and the length of your stay. For more information about sites, see Places to Go.
Does the NHS have an admission charge?
Admission to Little Rock Central High School NHS is free.
Does the NHS give guided tours?
Yes; rangers offer daily streetscape tours with a reservation. A streetscape tour is a guided, walking interpretive tour that will share the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and the civil rights movement without access into Little Rock Central High School. As a result of the continued elevated risks related to the COVID-19 virus, all scheduled streetscape tours and all National Historic Site operations do not include access into Little Rock Central High School until further notice. Daily streetscape tours must be scheduled in advance and only allow for a maximum of ten (10) total participants; tours are only offered at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM CST/CDT. For more information and instructions on how to make a reservation, see Guided Tours.
Where can I park my car, school bus or RV?
Free parking and accessible spaces are available at the NHS visitor center.
Are the NHS buildings accessible?
The visitor center, the front area of the Magnolia Mobil Gas Station, the Commemorative Garden, the front grounds of Little Rock Central High School (main entrance is not accessible) and the Elizabeth Eckford Bus Bench are accessible. At the visitor center, guests may borrow a wheelchair for use in the park. Assistive listening devices with amplification and audio description are available for NHS films. Check the accessibility section for more information on NHS services.
What do you recommend for families visiting with children?
The NHS offers a free Junior Ranger program at the visitor center.
What food services are available at the NHS?
No food services are available, but the NHS is located within driving distance of several dining options. Visitors may also choose to bring a bagged lunch and eat on one of the benches in the NHS.
Is photography permitted in the NHS?
Photography, including flash and video, is permitted in the visitor center and outside spaces. Commercial photography requires a permit; contact the NHS for more information.
Is the NHS pet friendly?
Pets are permitted on NHS grounds provided they are leashed; please remember to always pick up after your pet. Individuals in possession of a pet must have on their person a bag or device for the
containerization and removal of pet excrement. Outside trash recepticles are provided throughout the NHS. Pets are not permitted in any NHS buildings; service animals are welcome in all NHS buildings that are open to the public.
Is the NHS stroller friendly?
Strollers are permitted in NHS buildings.