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Little Rock Central High School

1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
+1 501-374-1957
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Excellent Educational Museum and walking tour

I had friends visiting from California, and they said this was the highlight of touring Little... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Walklady
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Sherwood, Arkansas
A must History lesson for us all.

Fantastic history that gives a really god insight into the racial challenges of the past and how... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tim D
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This National Park Service site encompasses the campus, but Central High is still an active high school. Visitors should park and begin their visit at the National Park Visitor Center, located diagonally across from the campus, at 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Visitor entrance into the school is via free Ranger-led tours, which need to be reserved in advance to guarantee participation. Interpreting the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school integration, this National Historic Site focuses on the 1957 desegregation crisis that resulted when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered National Guard troops to prevent the first African American students, "The Little Rock Nine," from entering formerly all white Little Rock Central High School, leading to federal intervention by order of President Dwight Eisenhower.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had friends visiting from California, and they said this was the highlight of touring Little Rock. We went to the Central High museum on Thursday, and learned from Ranger Randy that he would be doing a walking tour the next day, that would actually...More

Thank Walklady
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for coming back to take the guided tour and for sharing your experience. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site offers ranger-led tours that go inside Central, which is still a public high school, Monday through Friday at 9am and 1pm throughout...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic history that gives a really god insight into the racial challenges of the past and how that effects the present in the USA. Randy our tour guide was full of little personal gems and stories that added a lot of colour. The visitor centre...More

Thank Tim D
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting our site and taking time for the tour. History is study of best practices as well as mistakes to avoid - and there is no better way to learn history than exploring the places where it was made.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Little Rock Central is still an active High School but it looks wonderful & very much like it's 1957 history. There is a new visitor center across the street along with a historical gas station across from the school & visitor center. The gas station...More

Thank Baja001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see! After visiting Little Rock Central High School and it's museum across the street, I realized how little I knew about the event of the nine black students who were initially barred from entering the school in 1957, and the anguish...More

Thank LaVerne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Central high school is well worth a visit. There is a self-paced museum with exhibits that highlight the plight of the Little Rock nine and desegregation. It was very interesting. There is a very nice gift shop too.

Thank Mika242014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was and is a beautiful building and to see where the history was made was awesome. The reflection pool at a high school!? Cool. The Old gas station where the reporters would use the only payphone to call their stories in. You MUST see...More

Thank dfwsig
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We agree that LRCH is an amazing building - and so does the American Institute of Architects who has recognized it several times. Thank you for visiting and taking time to really see the site.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an historic spo. You feel the sense of history. Not many of those in Arkansas. Stop there top see it.More

Thank Robert L
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping. Little Rock Central High is one of seven National Park units in Arkansas and they all have amazing histories. We also encourage everyone to visit the many state and local sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I truly was wowed by the speakers for this event/getting the ultimate chance to actually see the LR Nine (now 8-one deceased)/hear what they had to say. The school (Thank GOD) seem to be on the healing end of what happened over 60 years ago....More

Thank Evelyn A G
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Little Rock Central High is the only high school in America that is the main feature of a National Park unit because its history represents the history of our nation's journey from segregation towards integration. Before 1957, it was known as the most beautiful high...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so impressed with this place, perhaps because I had no idea what to expect. The National Park Service visitor center is just a block from the Little Rock Central High School and should be your first stop and where you spend all your...More

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and exploring the Visitor Center. The exhibit area is small compared to the grandeur of the school across the street, but it is densely layered with photographs, videos, audio and touch screen exhibits that help reveal the many layers of the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This story was brought to life by our superb guide Ranger Randy who is obviously passionate about it. We spent about two hours being told the story. Some time was spent in the visitor centre, at the gas station and in the school itself. I...More

Thank CarolynChester
Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting our site and sharing your experience. And thank you for mentioning the donation box - it helps fund our interpretation and education programs.

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Sharon B
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Response from mjodim | Property representative |
Call the Nationsl Park Service Visitor Center at 501-374-1957, between 9am and 4:30 Cental Time, to reserve your space on a walking tour as soon as you have your travel date set. There is no minimum number of people for a... More
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