The Gangster Museum in Hot Springs was an interesting diversion. It's not something I would have walked off the street to do, but my friend had been there before and wanted to go again. Like others have recommended, I would suggest taking the tour early in your visit to appreciate the history of the area and to get an overview of the many interesting characters, both local and more Hollywood types, who populated this once thriving mecca of vice.
The "museum" is comprised of a series of rooms, each with a different theme. Historical items such as roulette tables, a death mask of John Dillinger, etc., are arranged with copies of old courthouse records, newspapers, and magazines on the walls. Short videos are played in each room to explain the workings of the town from the late 1800s up through the 1960's, when things came to a halt. As the title says, history buffs - and those just curious about the time period - will love it! I learned a lot about politics, politicians, and workings of the time period.
Although enjoyable and educational, the museum is not all it could be. There could be more interaction and q/a with the staff during the tour, or perhaps some humor could be interjected to just make it more fun. Getting to hold an actual tommy gun in the last room was great - there should be more "hands on" experiences like that throughout.
When we visited, the air conditioning in the museum was working nicely - another reason to stop in!
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