Visit the Gangster Museum of America

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Gangster Museum of America


Finding the Gangster Museum of America in Hot Springs, Arkansas may seem like a non-intuitive fit until you realize that Hot Spring was Las Vegas before there was a Las Vegas …

Hard as it may be to believe, in the the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, Hot Springs, Arkansas was a hot spot not only because of the natural, mineral springs here but something more: wide-open illegal gambling, bootlegging, and prostitution. Consequently, your average Joe wasn’t the only one who wanted to come here for a relaxing getaway. Not so average Joes with names like Al Capone, Owen “The Killer” Madden, and “Lucky” Luciano also yearned to spend their off hours here – with mixed results, not the least of which is the fascinating Hot Springs Gangster Museum of America!

Thompson submachine gun in a violin case - The Gangster Museum of America

Visit the Gangster Museum of America and see things like this Thompson submachine gun in a violin case

The Gangster Museum of America is your ticket back to those wild times of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s when the forbidden pleasures of Hot Springs enticed tourists from all over the world – and the underworld – to visit. Relive an era when the police and courts were often one step behind, if not deep in the pockets of, master criminals who ruled their immediate surroundings with brutal impunity.

Visit the Gangster Museum of America and play the slots and sit at the gaming tables of their vintage casino, view displays of weapons and other items once owned by famous criminals of America’s past, and listen to stories in the museum’s theater that are at once entertaining, educational, and informative.

The recently expanded 10,000 square foot Gangster Museum of America offers these attractions and more as it continues to collect, display, and exhibit the history of a not-so-distant time when the streets of Hot Springs were more than a little wilder and catered to the tastes of notorious criminals like Al Capone, Bugs Moran, and Frank Costello.

The Gangster Museum of America

510 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR

Gangster Museum of America Lodging
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