The Gann Museum in downtown Benton is scheduled to reopen after nearly a year of being closed. It’s slated to reopen on Tuesday, March 21. The structure itself, circa 1893, has a great history – the only known building to be made out of bauxite blocks, it used to be the office of Dr. Dewell Gann, Sr. and Dr. Dewell Gann, Jr. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975 and was converted to a museum in 1980. Inside its walls are all sorts of Saline County treasures, from old photos and documents dating back to the 1800s… to beautiful examples of Niloak pottery that was produced in Benton for decades, using the unique multi-colored clay.
The museum has a new director, Lindsay Jordan, who happens to be married to Brad Jordan, the Economic Development Director for the City of Benton. After reopening, regular hours will be Tuesday – Thursday from 9am to 3pm. Bring the kids and whole family while it’s Spring Break and enjoy this century-old Saline County gem.
The Gann Museum is located at 218 South Market Street in Benton. The phone number is (501) 778-5513. You can visit the following links to learn more about the Gann Museum:
Thanks to Joyce Robinson for the following photos of the Gann Museum: