The Arkansas Governor's Mansion is a state symbol of history, beautiful outdoor scenery, and foundational dedication to the people. The mansion is located on Center Street in Little Rock's downtown area and was established in 1950 when Governor Sidney McMath was in office. Up until 1950, there was no official residence provided for the state's governor. Since the construction and establishment of the residence, several state governors have since lived in the mansion including Bill Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Winthrop Rockefeller, and Francis Cherry.
The mansion is open to the public for tours on an individual basis. Requests for tours must be scheduled by phone. Tours are given on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am and on Thursday afternoons from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. There is no admission fee and the tour includes a visit to all public rooms. The tour times and days may be subject to change when the mansion is being used.
The mansion resides on over eight acres of immaculately landscaped gardens and grounds. Renowned landscape designer P. Allen Smith designed a renovation project of the grounds in 2006. The grounds offer strolling paths and places to sit near the fountain located behind Grand Hall.