Explore the wonders of energy, matter, life, and perception with over 100 engaging hands-on exhibits at the Mid-America Science Museum. It is the largest hands-on science center and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. The museum seeks to pique your curiosity and enhance your scientific knowledge about the world around you through inquiry, observation, and discovery. Since it opened its doors in 1979, the museum has been Arkansas’ go-to source for information, learning, and amazement. Learn about physics at The Marvelous Motion Gallery. Open your eyes and understand light and how it affects our senses at The Light Bridge. Explore the science behind nature at The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk. Have fun with animation at The Workshops. Exercise your critical thinking skills at the Alliance Rubber Company Tinkering Studio. Don’t forget to visit The Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater to witness the exciting shows to complement your learning with a 180° viewing experience. The Mid-America Science Museum will definitely be a hit for kids young and old.
Journey to different worlds, witness history, and live out the magic: experience all of these when you visit the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum. With over 100 wax figures depicting 38 scenes, it’s easy to get immersed in different worlds and be amazed at the persons being depicted by wax figures that “look alive”. Visit the World of Horrors that accurately depict the tortures happening during the medieval era. Witness history when you visit the Hall of Battles that shows momentous scenes during the building of America. Feel star struck when you go up the Stairway of the Stars that show famous movie stars of the past and present. Feel the magic of imagination in the World of Make Believe when you behold characters like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and Pinocchio.Transition seamlessly from each world as the music from one room blends easily with the next.
Have you ever wondered what life was like in the gangster era when gambling, boot-legging, and prostitution ran rampant? Take yourself back to the days when such gangsters as Al Capone, Bugs Moran, Frank Costello, Lucky Luciano, and other gangsters made Hot Springs their sanctuary. Relive the 1920s to the 1940s and take a look at the world beneath Central Avenue. The Gangster Museum of America gives a historic and entertaining account of how some of America’s most notorious gangsters interacted with the town’s populace. Its seven galleries feature an audiovisual experience that is in itself worth the price of admission. Try your luck at the antique casino while historians give an account of fascinating stories that are not only informative, but also entertaining and educational.
The Fordyce Bathhouse was the biggest bathhouse on Bathhouse Row with a total floor area of 28,000 square feet. Its operations were halted in 1962 and the building was restored in 1989. It now functions as the Hot Spring National Park Visitor Center and operates as a historically furnished bathhouse museum. The museum features elegant displays of the bathhouse’s history which include the building’s original features like the marble and stained glass transoms, marble partitions, stained glass ceilings, ceramic fountains, patterned floors, and various bathing rituals shown through audio-visual presentations. It also features glimpses on the history of the building which include various dressing rooms, massage rooms, gymnasiums, and even a bowling alley.
Explore Hot Springs, Arkansas and experience its culture through the various displays inside the city’s best museums.
Take a first-hand look at the history of Hot Springs during its Gangster era inside the Gangster Museum of America. Take a family-friendly tour inside Tiny Town, a specialty museum filled with hand-carved miniature displays of the town’s humble beginnings.
Experience the wonders of science inside the Mid-America Science Museum with great exhibits that are sure to be a hit for kids young and old. For the superhero and Star Wars fans, be sure to visit the personal collection of a super fan inside The Galaxy Connection.