Central High School National Historic Site

Planning Your Visit

Located across the intersection from the school, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center contains interactive exhibits on the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School with several audio-visual programs (open captioned) that introduce visitors to the multi-layered and complex history of the events at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. In addition, the exhibits contain interactive oral history listening stations where visitors can learn about the events from the participants.

Directions

Plane
Little Rock is serviced by the Little Rock National Airport. From the airport follow Interstate 440 west to Interstate 30 east toward downtown Little Rock. Exit onto Interstate 630 to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Turn left and proceed south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive approximately 4 blocks and turn right on Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Little Rock Central High School is located at the intersection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street. The visitor center is on the northeast corner of the intersection, across from the high school.

Car
From Interstate 40 Eastbound, take Interstate 430 South to Interstate 630 East. Exit and turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Travel approximately 4 blocks and turn right onto Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Little Rock Central High School is located at the intesection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street. The visitor center is located on the northeast corner, across the intersection from the high school.

From Interstate 40 westbound, take Interstate 30 West across the Arkansas River. Merge onto Interstate 630 West and exit onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Travel approximately four blocks and turn right onto Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. The park visitor center is located at the intersection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street.

From Interstate 30 Eastbound, take Interstate 430 north to Interstate 630 East toward downtown Little Rock. Exit and turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Proceed approximately four blocks and turn right onto Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. The visitor center is located at the intersection of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year round. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Fees & Reservations

Fees

There is no charge to enter the visitor center or grounds of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

Reservations

Reservations are requested for groups wishing to have a guided tour of the visitor center exhibits. The school itself is an operating high school, so reservations are required to tour the school. Please call 501-374-1957 to schedule a tour.

Contact Public Affairs

To contact the park public affairs specialist, please call (501) 374-1957.

Park Statistics

Fiscal Year 2005 (October. 1, 2004-September 30, 2005) Budget - $642,000

Number of Visitors in Calendar Year 2005 - 45,438