Hillary Jones Wildlife Museum
- Date Visited: October 7, 2020
- Address: 601 Court St, Jasper, AR 72641
- Phone: (870) 446-6180
- Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM
- Price: Free
If your looking for information on the Ozarks and more specifically the Buffalo River area this is the spot where you need to stop.
The Hillary Jones Wildlife Museum is run by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Helpful staff are available to provide all the information you crave on the local wildlife and history of the area. A ton of free brochures and booklets are available as well. A gift shop is also located on the premises.
Freshwater aquariums showcase local fish and turtle residents. There are impressive taxidermy exhibits featuring whitetail deer, ducks and elk. An exquisite taxidermy diorama showcases wildlife of the region. Though the museum is small they have managed to pack a number of other exhibits throughout the building as well. There was one display of cool old fishing lures I really enjoyed.
A little outdoor garden area is located beside the museum. There are a couple places to sit and relax in the garden. If you’re into geocaching you just might find a little cache hidden within it’s boundaries.
Even though we didn’t see any in our almost two weeks in the area rumor is there are actually a ton of elk nearby. If you ask inside they will give you the best locations and times to try and view them. We went out a couple times to try to track them down with no luck.
All in all this place is a nice little stop if your in the area. There is a lot to look at and learn in the museum and worth a little bit of time on your journey.