Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mosaic Templars Cultural Center?
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage dedicated to telling the story of the Arkansas's African American history.
When can I visit the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center?
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Where is the museum located?
We are located on West Ninth and Broadway Streets in downtown Little Rock.
How much will it cost to go to the museum?
Admission to the museum is free.
What is your mission statement?
The mission of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas's African American History, culture and community from 1870 to the present, and to inform and educate the public about black achievement – especially in business, politics and the arts.
Are you a fraternal organization or a Masonic organization?
No, we are not a fraternal organization and we are not related to the Masons.
What is a "Templar?"
The word templar means a member of a fraternal organization.
Do you have something to do with the Knights Templar in The Da Vinci Code?
No. A Knights Templar is a member of an order of Freemasonry conferring three orders in the York rite.
What does "Cultural Center" mean?
Cultural Center signifies that we offer more than just static art pieces; we offer interactive exhibits that pay tribute to music, the performing arts and we host educational events and programs.
Is it a museum?
Yes. It is a museum of Arkansas's African American history.
Are you the same as the Mosaic Templars Building Preservation Society?
No, they are seperate organization that works closely with us to preserve the history of the Mosaic Templars of America.
Do you just tell the history of the Mosaic Templars?
Do you just tell West Ninth Street history?
Do you just tell Little Rock black history?
No. We tell all Arkansas African American History.
Is the auditorium available for rental?
Yes. For more information about renting the auditorium or for a copy of the rental policy, please contact 501.683.3593 or email us at [email protected].
What do you collect?
We collect anything that is related to Arkansas African American History. For more information about our scope of collecting, please go to the Artifact Donation page.
How big is the collection?
The collection has approximately 20,000 items including art, photographs, books, papers, and textiles.
Can I get my story/my relative's story in the exhibit?
We are always collecting people's stories for use in future exhibits. To schedule an oral history interview, please contact us at 501.683.3593 or email us at [email protected].
What programs do you offer?
Our programs are educational and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to the Education section for more information on the educational programs we offer.
Can someone come to my school?
Yes. We do have outreach programs for schools who are interested. Please visit the Education section for more information on our outreach programs.
How far do you travel?
Anywhere in the State of Arkansas and there is no charge.
When was the original building built?
The original building was constructed in 1913 with the Annex following in 1918. The State Temple Building was erected in 1921.