Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), Hot Springs

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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) offers a glimpse into the history of water therapy in the United States within an opulent Renaissance Revival setting. Step into the marble-lined lobby edged with fountains and paved with ceramic floor tiles. The bathhouse was part of the original bathhouse row that Hot Springs grew out of due to the discovery of mineral-rich thermal springs in the early 1800s. The fountains in the lobby once spouted this mineral-rich water constantly. Examine the intricate, stained-glass ceiling of the men's changing room, festooned with mermaids, fish, and bubbles. You can watch a short film outlining the traditional bath routine and also see the music room, which has an intricately patterned tile floor and stained-glass ceiling. By using our Hot Springs holiday maker website , you can arrange your visit to Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) and other attractions in Hot Springs.
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  • The history in this place is amazing. It was fun to learn about the traditional bathing experience and view the facilities that housed it.  more »
  • This is a bath house museum and you can take a self-guided tour. It is very interesting, illuminating, actually. I highly recommend going here when you go to Hot Springs. They have lots of information...  more »
  • The free Fordyce Bathhouse museum, and really the entire downtown area of Hot Springs, gives you the feel of stepping back in time. The tour was interesting and informative and instilled a vision of t...  more »
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  • Only bathhouse set up as a museum. All the others down the strip are running bathhouses that you apparently have to reserve 2 or 3 weeks prior to your visit. This one was beautiful!
  • This is a very incredible place in the middle of a beautiful city I have been here several times and I still love it to this day❤
  • A unique and family friendly experience. Loved the self guided tour and all of the historical accuracy!
  • It was a very interesting tour that was well worth it...I recommend you visit
  • Interesting early 20th century building. Nice architecture. Transports you back in time. Beautiful stained glass.

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