Skip to Main Content

Hot Springs, Arkansas: Gangster Museum of America Team Field Report

510 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR
On the northwest edge of downtown. On Hwy 7/Central Ave. just south of its three-way intersection with Park and Whittington Aves.
Su-Th 10 am - 6 pm, F-Sa 10 am - 9 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights
Gangster Museum of America

It really is the Gangster Museum of Hot Springs, which was Las Vegas before there was a Las Vegas (1920-40). Weapons of killers, slot machines from local casinos, and other local vice memorabilia. Report... [04/16/2008]

Visitor Tips and News About Gangster Museum of America

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Gangster Museum mannequin.

Gangster Museum of America

Good combination of cheesy and informative! We're still not sure how the baseball section ties in with the gangster aspect, but it was good fun.

[Elizabeth Herndon, 04/29/2024]

Jail cell scene.

Gangster Museum of America

Lots of interesting stories of life in Hot Springs in the 1920s and '30s. A few pieces of memorabilia throughout help drive the stories home.

[Luv2RV, 10/09/2019]
Gangster Museum of America

The Gangster Museum of America chronicles the history of Hot Springs as gangland's open city in the 1930's and 1940's. About half of the museum consists of audiovisual displays and narrations of the stories of figures of crime. The rest is an assortment of antique gaming devices and period weapons.

Some of the exhibits are hands-on, which is always a plus for a museum. You can pull the arm of a 1940's slot machine or take a spin at the roulette wheel, and at the end of the tour the visitor can handle a legally disabled tommy gun.

This museum also has a pretty good gift shop for all of your gangster type souvenirs.

[Thomas Phalen, 01/16/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Welcome to Hot Springs/Dorky Bill Clinton BillboardWelcome to Hot Springs/Dorky Bill Clinton Billboard, Hot Springs, AR - < 1 mi.
The Galaxy Connection: Star WarsThe Galaxy Connection: Star Wars, Hot Springs, AR - < 1 mi.
Hot Springs - A MeccaHot Springs - A Mecca, Hot Springs, AR - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Bauxite Miner Family Statue, Bauxite, AR - 31 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Arkansas Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Daredevil Graves of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, New York (Jun 17-23, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings