Museums in Chaffee
Chaffee Barbershop Museum
Since its creation in 2008, the Chaffee Barbershop Museum where Elvis Presley received his famous first G.I. haircut has welcomed visitors from all over the world. A celebration on the 51st anniversary of Elvis’ haircut drew 250 guests from multiple states. News reporters and relatives of Elvis’ barber entertained the crowd by recalling the events of that fateful day.
Located in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing museum district, the barbershop has been restored to its condition in 1958 when thousands of U.S. Army enlistees received their signature army buzz cut. It also houses a historical museum with photos and artifacts documenting the 70-year history of Fort Chaffee. Items on display include memorabilia from the base that was used by the United States Army to house German prisoners of war, Cuban refugees and relocated Vietnamese citizens.
Also on hand, is memorabilia from the movies “Biloxi Blues”, “The Tuskegee Airmen” and “A Soldier’s Story” which were all filmed at Fort Chaffee.
The museum is open on Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on national holidays. Admission is FREE! Visit us at 7313 Terry St., Fort Smith, AR.
For Group Tours and additional information please contact Rod Williamson, Museum Curator at 479-434-6774.
Museum of Chaffee History
The Museum of Chaffee History houses the largest collection of Fort Chaffee artifacts in the United States. The museum contains extensive photographs, documents and displays that chronicle Fort Chaffee’s role in five wars, multiple resettlement operations, major motion pictures and other aspects of U.S. Army history. The Camp Chaffee Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
The museum is located in the Historic District of Chaffee Crossing at 7313 Terry St., Fort Smith, AR. The museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Vietnam Veterans Museum
Local Vietnam Veterans have helped create this tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. An Army personnel carrier and helicopter sit just outside the museum for the public to view up close.
Tours are available by appointment only. Call (479) 478-0110 for more information.
Hardwood Tree Museum
In April 2016, 22 acres of land in Chaffee Crossing were selected to be the future home of the Hardwood Tree Museum. The development of the site and outdoor activities will be coordinated with the Janet Huckabee Nature Center.
The Hardwood Tree Association’s mission is to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret the hardwood tree and objects produced from them that are of historical significance and relevant to sustaining and improving the quality of life in our Nation.
Chaffee Crossing Memorial Plaza
The Chaffee Veterans Memorial Plaza in the beautiful Chaffee Crossing Historic District will preserve the memories of those impacted by Fort Chaffee since 1941. Now YOU can mark your own place in history with a personalized engraved brick to honor a Chaffee veteran, a family member, a friend or a business that will become part of the plaza pathway.
Click here to learn more!