History & Hope: What to See at the Clinton Center
Designed to tell the story of how a young man from Hope grew up to become president of the United States, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park encompasses a museum, presidential archives, and educational and research facilities.
The massive structure of steel and glass is nearly four times the length of a football field, with a total of 148,000 square feet. Of those, the museum consists of 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, including the presidential limousine exhibit.
Highlights of the museum include an exact replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room, both complete with multiple computer stations to create an interactive experience for each guest.
There's also 110-foot timeline down the main-level corridor, which lists the foreign and domestic events of the Clinton White House from 1993-2000. Sixteen alcoves along the perimeter of the main floor detail Clinton’s presidency in areas including international relations, human rights and technology advancements.
The park includes a children’s play area, upper and lower riverfront promenades that provide views of and access to the Arkansas River, an arrival plaza, grassy gathering spaces, and a multiuse amphitheater.
The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children 6-17. Admission is free for school groups and children younger than 6.
The center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Parking spaces are available for more than 300 vehicles and several tour or school buses.