Museums & Attractions

With year-round events and activites, Helena is home to a melting pot of culture.

Throughout the year, the Delta Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage located in downtown Helena, sponsors a variety of lectures, special performances, and rotating exhibitions focused on the unique history and culture of the Delta and Phillips County.

Constructed in 1922, the Richard L. Kitchens Post in Helena is one of the oldest American Legion buildings in Arkansas.  According to present officers of the Post, the Helena building was the first in the country to be called a “hut”.For over fifty years the American Legion hut in Helena has served... more »
One of four earthern batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, it was attacked by the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Not open to the public at this time, but a historical marker is placed at the intersection of Adams and Beech.
One of four eathern batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, its gunners helped repulse the Confederate attacks on Battery A and C during the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena. A historical marker is placed on Liberty between First and Summit. What remains of the battery, which is on private... more »
One of four earthen batteries erected by the Union army in 1862. It briefly fell to the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. This distinct site affords a stunning view of the city.
One of four earthen batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, it was attacked by the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Not open to the public at this time, but a historical marker is placed on Military Road. 
Jews first settled in Helena in the early 1840s. In addition to serving Jews in Helena, Beth El was a regional congregation that attracted Jews from such smaller towns as Marianna, Marvell, Holly Grove, Trenton, and West Helena. In 2006, the historic Temple Beth El was given to the Delta Cultural... more »
Located just a half mile north of Helena River Park, Buck Island offers a rare taste of the kind of outdoor adventures immortalized by Mark Twain in his tales of Tom Sayer and Huck Finn. The island's virgin natural setting offering five miles of hiking trails through a 1,000 acre hardwood forest... more »
The Cherry Street Pavilion is an outdoor, permanent performance stage, located on the south end of Cherry Street in historic downtown Helena. The stage is the home of the Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival, as well as various other community performances and... more »
An exhibit near the Confederate Cemetery discusses seven high-ranking Confederate officers from Phillips County. Exhibits in the Confederate Cemetery interpret its history and Patrick Cleburne’s grave. 
This downtown park hosts annual community events, including the Helena Holiday Festival. The park also features a reproduction field artillery piece accompanied by wayside panels interpreting Phillips County’s Confederate soldiers. Across the park a bronze statue depicts a student in Southland... more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 6th

Fabulous First Thursday Lunch @ Pillow-Thompson House

Built in 1896 by Jerome B. Pillow, the historic Pillow-Thompson House in... more»

Apr 8th

Cherry Street Fair

Don't miss this amazing FREE community event which is held the Second... more»

Apr 9th

Steamboat Sunday-The American Queen Visits Helena

Come to historic downtown Helena on Steamboat Sundays and enjoy special... more»

Apr 21st to Apr 22nd

Southbound Arts & Music Festival

SOUTHBOUND ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

April 21... more»

Apr 23rd

Steamboat Sunday-The American Queen Visits Helena

Come to historic downtown Helena on Steamboat Sundays and enjoy special... more»