Description - Hampson Museum exhibits a remarkable collection of artifacts from the Nodena site, a Late Mississippi Period culture.
Copyright: Arkansas State Parks
- The Nodena were farmers who developed a complex civilization of art, religion, political structure and trading networks. This remarkable collection owes its preservation to Dr. James K. Hampson. He and his family meticulously excavated, studied and inventoried the mounds and subsurface remains of this complex civilization which inhabited the area from A.D. 1350 to 1700. The collection was donated to the State of Arkansas in the 1950s. Adjacent to the museum are picnic sites and a playground.
Recreation - Touring the museum is the main activity at Hampson Museum. Picnic sites and a playground offer visitors some other activities.
Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.
Hampson Museum is located in the Mississippi Delta Region of northeastern Arkansas. The museum is found at the junction of U.S. 61 and Lake Drive in Wilson.