Fort Smith

Step into the Untamed World of Justice and Honor: The U.S. Marshals Museum Is Now Open along the banks of the mighty Arkansas River in the historic downtown Fort Smith. You are invited to be amount the first to rediscover America through the lens of its oldest federal law enforcement agency.

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the annals of American justice and heroism. This cutting-edge museum promises to be an immersive experience like no other, celebrating the legacy of America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Uncover the critical, ever-evolving role of the U.S. Marshals Service as you explore five exhibit galleries that reveal tales from colonial and frontier days to modern time. You can also pay tribute to more than 350 Marshals killed in the line of duty since 1789 in the Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor, and enjoy educational programming through the museum’s National Learning Center.

A Glimpse into the Past: To Be A Marshal

The moment you step into the museum, you’ll be transported back in time to witness the birth of the U.S. Marshals and their remarkable evolution throughout history. The first gallery, aptly named “To Be A Marshal,” will unveil the agency’s founding principles, duties, and pivotal moments that have shaped the course of justice in the United States. Interactive exhibits will reveal the diverse responsibilities of the Marshals, from courtroom support to disaster relief operations and everything in between.

Campfire Tales: Stories Under The Stars

Imagine yourself sitting under a celestial canopy, gathered around a flickering campfire with four historical figures from different eras. As you listen to their voices recounting storied moments of marshal history, the walls of the Campfire area come alive with shadowy images, bringing the past to life in a mesmerizing blend of media and storytelling. Prepare to be captivated by tales of valor, sacrifice, and bravery that have defined the legacy of these remarkable lawmen.

The Wild West and Frontier Marshals

Travel back to the early days of the United States, where the Marshals stood as the first defenders of the law in the untamed West and Indian Territory. In this gallery, the atmosphere of an Old West frontier town will surround you, complete with a saloon and a Marshal’s office. Here, you’ll uncover gripping stories of Frontier Marshals who upheld justice with ingenuity and courage, none more inspiring than the incredible journey of Bass Reeves, who rose from slavery to become a legendary U.S. Marshal.

A Changing Nation: Upholding the Law Amid Turbulence

As you move from the frontier, you’ll find yourself in a more formal gallery, highlighting the Marshals’ unwavering commitment to upholding the law, regardless of their personal beliefs. Step through portals into rooms that explore various challenges faced by the Marshals, including their role during the struggle for civil rights in America. Discover how they played a pivotal role in historic moments like Prohibition, countering violent protests, managing riots, and handling natural disasters.

Modern Marshals: Guardians of Justice Today

Prepare to be awestruck as you enter the captivating gallery that delves into the thrilling world of Modern Marshals. Witness cutting-edge tactics and technologies employed in tracking, apprehending, and extraditing fugitives, both within the U.S. and in dangerous international environments. A mesmerizing display of the 15 Most Wanted fugitives will keep you on the edge of your seat, while the voices of present and past Marshals will resonate with their unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice.

Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor: Remembering the Fallen Heroes

The solemn beauty of the Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor awaits you, paying tribute to the brave Marshals, deputies, and special deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. Gazing out across the Arkansas River and the Oklahoma countryside, this serene space immortalizes the names of those who gave their lives for justice. An interactive display allows you to delve deeper into their stories, offering glimpses into the lives and sacrifices of these true heroes.


Plan Your Visit: Admission Details

Don’t miss the chance to walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women who dedicated their lives to upholding justice, integrity, and service. The U.S. Marshals Museum promises an adventure like no other, where history comes alive, and the spirit of justice prevails. Get ready to witness the untamed world of the U.S. Marshals and embrace the essence of American heroism!

The U.S. Marshals Museum is a not-to-be-missed experience for history enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone fascinated by the pursuit of justice. Admission rates are $13, ages 6-17 are $8 and seniors 65+ are $11.

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