Originally the Texarkana Historical Museum, The Museum of Regional History is the first and oldest museum in the Texarkana metropolitan area. Established in 1971, it is located in the Offenhauser Insurance Building. The building was constructed in 1879 making it the oldest brick building in the city.
The Museum of Regional History walks the visitor thru the history of the region, from its indigenous Caddo people, to its early agriculture and industry, to its relationship to railroads, World War II and the civil rights movement. The Museum is home to an extensive Caddo collection including jewelry, pottery, and tools, as well as a prominent collection of documents from the region’s musical history, which includes Texarkana native Scott Joplin, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and conlon Nancarrow. Center to the collection is one of Joplin’s pianos.
The Museum of Regional History additionally houses the Wilbur Smith Research Library and Archives, which holds photographs and research materials, including rare books and other documents.
Part of the Texarkana Museums System, the Museum of Regional History is the sister property of Discovery Place Interactive Children’s Museum, the Ace of Clubs House and the P.J. Ahern home.
Museum of Regional History
219 N. State Line Avenue, Texarkana, TX 75501
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday
Please call for information on group discounts: 903-793-4831