The Gangster Museum Of America Hot Springs
Where is it at?
The Gangster Museum Of America
510 Central Avenue
Tel: 501 318-1717
Where are we going today?
There are certain names that go down in history as infamous, and Al Capone certainly is one of them! For those older kids that have curious minds, and love learning about history, the Gangster Museum of America might be for them!
The Gangster Museum of America is a fascinating an unusual family day out in Arkansas. It showcases three of the "greatest" gangsters of our time: Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Owen Vincent Madden.
Each gangster has it's own dedicated gallery, and tells the story of how these men went down in history as some of the biggest names in gangs we have ever known. Photographs, news clippings and artifacts all piece together the lives of these men, and it really is living history as you experience their story.
There are some pretty incredible artifacts, including Al Capone's original 1928 Cadillac! How impressive is that!
The Gangster Museum of America is filled with audio-visual experience, as well as other exhibits that cover topics such as outlaws, and casinos.
Did you know that hot Springs operated the largest illegal gambling racket in the entire country from 1927 to 1967? How amazing is that - all that history right under your feet. People would come from all over the world to experience the hot thermal baths, and then look great on their nights out in the 103 establishments that appeared on the one street. That's a LOT of gambling!
Can you imagine what the town would have been like?
A fascinating look into a piece of America's history at this Hot Springs museum - you talkin' to me?
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (Ages 8 to 12)
- Free Under: 8 years with an adult
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Sun to Thurs / 10am - 6pm Fri & Sat
All year round
If you have students you want to bring to the museum, just call up and see how they can help!.
It's best to grab something in the local area before or after your visit.
It doesn't hurt taking bottled water with you so you stay hydrated!.
Any Top Tips?
They occasionally have special events so keep an eye out and see what's on so you don't miss it!.
Doing our bit
They really have captured history, and told the stories of these men that captivated the world. Their stories will remain alive thanks to museums like this one.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just speak to staff and they can assist you if you require it.
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is THE place to pick up additional educational goodies, as well as merchandise of the area and the museum. A great little shop!.
What people are saying?
by Brian Langford
I visited the Gangster Museum Of America during some down time. I am an Arkansas Native and did learn some additional things about Arkansas history I hadn't heard from school. I have to say this is not a museum, it is a more like a guided video tour. In each room I was lead through, there were non original pictures and clippings that had either been found online or scanned. In each of the rooms you are led into you get a brief overview of the room which is around 1-2 minutes of dialog the rest is watching a dvd. You move from room to room so quickly...Read More
by rita marks
It is more fun to watch a documentary on TV then this. Tour guide should speak and explain more instead of leading you to a room to watch small clips in 10 different rooms. Very disappointed to say the least! I had to ask about things in the rooms, should of been an automatic for him to explain props/furniture in the rooms. Please save your money ™™
by Lance Little
I'm a Mob/Gangster nut, so I was really looking forward to going to the museum while we were in Hot Springs. My wife and I really enjoyed it. I would have like to have seen more artifacts and given a little more time in each area to read and look at the displays. But we really did enjoy it and would visit again if we’re ever back in Hot Springs.
by Elizabeth butler
Paid 12 dollars, was rushed through there, had no time to read articles or look at the pictures. Watch dvd if you got there in time.
by Teresa Chamberlain
Worth every minute. Lots of history.
by Brian Langford
I visited the Gangster Museum Of America during some down time. I am an Arkansas Native and did learn some additional things about Arkansas history I hadn't heard from school. I have to say this is not a museum, it is a more like a guided video tour. In each room I was lead through, there were non original pictures and clippings that had either been found online or scanned. In each of the rooms you are led into you get a brief overview of the room which is around 1-2 minutes of dialog the rest is watching a dvd. You move from room to room so quickly its hard to take in what is on the walls. Id have to agree with another user and just watch a documentary on hot springs. There are a few pieces of original items from the time period which are neat.