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Gangster Museum of America

510 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-318-1717
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Ranked #23 of 40 Attractions in Hot Springs
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
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Oklahoma
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Learn about the beginnings of Hot Springs as a playground for gangsters and all of their vices. Gangster money and political payoffs made Hot Springs what it is today. Bath houses and the businesses on the opposite side of the street were created by and for the gangsters. Learn about the corruption of HS and its ties to the mob.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

we had no idea about the hidden history in Hot Springs...very insightful and interesting. thank you for keeping this Americana spirit alive as we viewed the town in a whole new light. pricey...yes but worth it

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Mena, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Have lived in Arkansas most of my life and never knew about all of the gangsters who came to Hot Springs. This was a very interesting and informative attraction. A guide took us from room to room where we watched short videos and were able to look at all kinds of pictures, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. She also added other... More

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Garland, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The first time they were still working on it. We had a young guide that made you feel like he was there, The second time we had a older guide that was just watch the movie and move on. So if you go get the younger guide.

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Hurst, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

For $9 each we watched about 4 videos that told us about gangsters. Sort of boring but also had a few interesting parts. Overall it seems just like another tourist trap. OK but to pricey.

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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I think this was a little overpriced for what it is. Al Capone and Lucky Luciano as well as a few others frequented Hot Springs. You go from room to room that are dedicated to a specific gangster or era of the town. I will say that each room is well done. You watch a video in each room with... More

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Lumberton, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Enjoyed hearing the history and learning how hot springs played a roll in some of this. Would go again

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I loved the museum and have toured it 2 times. So much information and really nice and has so many authentic things!!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who obviously has a passion for history. This was a random stop based on a billboard on I-30. Wish I had more time to pick this man's brain on this tour. Group was small and there was plenty of room to see everything. Lots of interesting video testimonials from locals. Plenty of exhibits, photos,... More

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Hot Springs
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had a first rate experience learning more about the interesting history of a town I call home. The guide was very knowledgeable and his presentation wasn't canned. I could have spent all day looking at all of the memorabilia. Definitely worth taking a look at!!!!

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