Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in northeast Arkansas exhibits a nationally renowned collection from the Nodena site, a 15-acre palisaded village that once thrived on a meander bend of the Mississippi River in what is today Mississippi County. Hampson Archeological Museum interprets the lifestyles of this farming-based civilization that lived there from A.D. 1400 to 1650. Artifacts and exhibits share the story of this early aboriginal population of farmers who cultivated crops and supplemented their food resources with hunting native game while developing its art, religion and political structure along with a thriving trading network.
This remarkable collection owes its preservation to the late Dr. James K. Hampson and his family.
Guided tours are available:
Our staff welcomes the opportunity to lead you on a guided tour any day the museum is open and staff are available. Scheduled times are 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; however, guided tours for drop-in visitors can be made available most of the time. You'll see the collection on display and hear stories highlighting the life of the Late Mississippian Period Native Americans who inhabited what is now Mississippi County, Arkansas, from 1400-1650 A.D. Check the park's online calendar of events
for special scheduled programs.
A picnic area and playground are located in the park near the museum.
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park is at the junction of U.S. 61 and Lake Drive in Wilson.
The Virtual Hampson Museum showcases a series of 3D digital artifacts from the collections at the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park. Within the virtual museum, visitors can browse the 3D collection, viewing current and archival photos of the collection and reading unique descriptions for each artifact. Users can also interact with the artifacts on-the-fly via an Interactive Artifact viewer using free Adobe Reader software. Additional information and 3D visualizations of the Upper Nodena Village are also provided to give the visitor a glimpse into what the site may have looked like during its time of occupation.
Admission is free.
For more information about Arkansas State Parks historic, heritage, and cultural parks and museums, go to: http://www.historystateparks.com/