Nestled deep in the Arkansas mountain town of Hot Springs, in the heart of Central Avenue, your group is about to be taken back in time at the Gangster Museum of America. This 10,000 square foot museum takes you to the days of the '20s, '30s, and '40s, days when illegal gambling, bootlegging, prostitution, and thermal baths made Hot Springs America’s first resort. This stop is extremely entertaining, and historically informative to boot! A visit here will take you through a vault door into a space that "brings bad things to life," in the best way possible.
Your group has a choice of taking a 45 minute historian guided tour of the museum or explore the six galleries and 45 years of history yourselves. There are photographs, artifacts, and video presentations of eyewitness accounts to the glory days in "spa city." Head over to the Felony Theater to watch a high-definition short film on an underground Hot Springs City that has been closed to the public for years. On a tour you will even get a live musical tribute performance to the city's most infamous gangsters.
These stories of how the most notorious criminals in America coexisted with the quiet mountain town will excite and inform your group to the max. You will have the chance to head over to an antique casino, hat shop, or gift shop before you leave as well. There are even 11 fine to casual dining options within the surrounding two blocks, allowing a convenient way to spend more time here! Be sure to look out for the director and owner Robert Raines' new book releasing on major book shelves on November 25th, 2015, titled Hot Springs, Capone to Costello.