Hampson Archeological Museum State Park is a Arkansas state park in Mississippi County, Arkansas in the United States. The museum contains a collection of archeological artifacts from the Nodena Site, which is a former Native American village on the Mississippi River between 1400 and 1650. James K. Hampson began excavating the site in the 1920s, a museum was built in 1946 and the Arkansas General Assembly officially accepted the collection of artifacts from the Hampson family on March 30, 1957. The park first opened in 1961 as Hampson Museum State Park and has since been renamed. Around 1400-1650 CE an aboriginal palisaded village existed in the Nodena area on a meander bend of the Mississippi River. Artifacts from this site are on display in the Hampson Museum State Park. The museum is named after Dr. James K. Hampson, a local landowner and archaeologist.
We stumbled upon this quite back accident thanks to the Roadtrippin app just to give our kids a grassy area to stretch their legs and play a bit in the park area. Needing to use the restroom, we knocked on the museum door as it seemed closed. Luckily we caught them just in time, 15 min before close and they were gracious enough not only to let us to potty, but also to tour the gallery. Upon entry I told my 3&5 year old girls to look but not touch and keep their hands behind their back. What a pleasant surprise when the Park Ranger explained to us that the gallery is very much intended to be hands-on and interactive fir kids and adults alike. The girls got to pretend to be archeologists sifting through the dirt to find treasures, pieces archeological pots and bowls back together and many other interactive exhibits.
Don’t let the small size fool you, there’s much to do in this hidden treasure of a state park/museum! Highly recommend if you’re ever in the area or emit you just passing through and need some mental and physical stimulation before hitting the road again!
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