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“Very informative”

Gangster Museum of America
Drummond, Oklahoma, United States
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very informative”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

My husband, 11 year old son and I visited the Gangster Museum on our recent trip to Hot Springs, AR. We were looking for a fun activity that would provide a break from the afternoon heat. This fit the bill! The museum includes a guided tour through 7 or 8 rooms that each focus on different times and personalities that helped shape Hot Springs' interesting history with organized crime. I learned a lot about the history of Hot Springs and the huge influence gambling had in shaping it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. I wouldn't recommend the tour for younger children as each room has a small TV that gives a short video documentary about the room. The AC made it hard to hear the TV in one or two of the rooms. I do wish there were more actual artifacts although Al Capone's piano and Dillanger's Death Mask were highlights.

Visited July 2013
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English first
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Must see in Hot Springs!”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

This fairly new museum gives a great history of the shady side of Hot Springs. In museum terms it is small, but the tour guide was very knowledgeable and detailed all of the gangster and gambling activity that occurred in Hot Springs. Lots of photos & momentos of the gambling establishments and colorful history. This is as much a part of Hot Springs as the Bath Houses.

Visited June 2013
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Plano, Texas
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203 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Don't leave without a hat!”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our expectations were'nt high after some other reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised with this little gem.

The museum offers a guided tour of the 7(?) rooms related to various aspects of gangsters in Hot Springs, including live comments from the guide and a video (5 minutes?) with the owner's narrative and historical interviews - Maxine is great. In response to earlier criticism, our wonderful tour guide, Bobby, encourages us to "multitask" during talks and videos and also to go back through the exhibits after the tour for as long as we want.

The entry is through a bank vault door, appropriate, and other room dividers are equally creative. This is something of a time progressive tour. Some rooms are limited to photos and often fascinating documents. (Only complaint is that they are mounted for a 6' male and too high for some of us). Others, especially the casino room, have some fascinating relics.

Our family, including our preteen son, enjoyed the tour and the detailed look into Hot Springs history. It gave us some great insight as we visited other area sites.

The hat shop out front is also a fun shopping experience.

Visited June 2013
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McLeod, Texas
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Family Trip”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Visited Hot Springs, went to the Gangster Museum of America, it was very interesting hearing on the what went on in Hot Springs. Thought the part was funny about the gangster's would fight each other then go to Hot Springs gamble together without any fighting each other. Then return home right back to fighting each other......LOL!! I would recommend going & didn't even know about the under ground till we went through the museum. Loved it.

Visited June 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Really?”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Learned some interesting facts but didn't get to see any real gangster artifacts. I could probably find the same video presentations on Netflix.

Visited June 2013
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