Federal Shutdown Closes Major Tourist Draws In Little Rock

Dec 22, 2018

A sign at the door for the National Park Service visitors center at Little Rock's Central High School advises people that the facility is closed because of "a lapse in federal appropriations."
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two major tourist attractions in Little Rock are at least partly closed becuase of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Clinton Presidential Center said Saturday that temporary and permanent exhibits at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum will be closed. A statement on the library and museum's website says National Archives facilities are closed due to the shutdown and websites are not being monitored or updated.

The center is located in Little Rock and is a top tourist attraction for Arkansas' capital city.

The center's restaurant "42 bar and table," will remain open and offer daily "Shutdown Special" entrees. The Clinton Museum Store, which will remain open during regular hours, will offer a discount on purchases.

Also closed is the National Park Service visitors center at Little Rock's Central High School, which tells the story of the nine black students who desegregated the school in 1957.