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“Informative Museum”

Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)
Ranked #2 of 78 things to do in Hot Springs
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Owner description: Once one of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, this building has been renovated and now serves as the visitors center.
Brookfield, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Informative Museum”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

This is a museum that gives the history of the Hot Springs bath houses. We took an informative tour with one of the park rangers.

Visited July 2014
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Plano, Texas, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must see!”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

A look into a bygone era. Very interesting and informative. The park rangers were very helpful and very happy to answer any questions. Very cold inside, but it is necessary, as you will learn, so bring a light jacket or sweater.

Visited July 2014
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Avinger, Texas, United States
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Beauty and History”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The admission is FREE to this historic bath house! It's incredibly beautiful: lots of marble, brass, and stained glass. Very interesting history. It took me and my girls about 45 minutes to go through it. There are guided tours of it that might be more helpful.

Visited August 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Amazing History”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

What a cool little known part of medical history! Wind your way through the beautifully maintained original treatment rooms and gymnasium and look at all of the equipment used to "treat" various maladies of the times. Limited on time, we elected not to take the guided tour, but we will definitely be back. We want to know every bit about the treatments and the buildings that housed these unique services. A free service of the National Parks, this is one of those one-of-a kind places that you will never forget nor will you see it anywhere else in the world. Be sure to go all the way to the basement to see the hot spring that is still very actively flowing under the building and look at all of the beautiful stained glass that was intended to please the eye and induce relaxation and reflection. There are very clinically themed areas with intriguing fixtures and apparatus in treatment rooms, beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows and a grand piano in rooms that were intended for guests/patients to relax and recover in lavish surroundings. Young children will need to have explanations of some of the areas and equipment... If this place could talk!!! Go a few doors down and experience a real bath service or use the services at The Arlington Hotel just down the Avenue. Either way, you are in for an incredible treat!

Visited June 2014
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Rogers, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Take a step back in time”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Beautifully preserved to show not only the bath experience, but also some of the early medical techniques that were used during the time. The boys got a kick out of the gym. If you like history, you won't want to miss the Fordyce Bathhouse. There are wonderful exhibits and films throughout to explain how things were used and done. There is no charge but they do take donations. Elevator was not working when we were there. It is a self guided tour so you can take as little or as much time as you would like.

Visited July 2014
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