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The collections at Hot Springs National Park include a wide variety of natural history specimens and cultural artifacts. Our natural history collection includes mammal and bird specimens, a small herbarium featuring species of plants that occur in the park, paleontological and geological specimens, mounted insects, and associated documents and reports.
The cultural collections include prehistoric and historic archeological materials and associated field records, historic artifacts associated with the bathing industry and the early exploration and settlement of the Hot Springs area, architectural objects related to existing and earlier bath houses, artwork, and extensive archival collections. The archives includes bathhouse records, oral histories, photographs, slides, postcards, drawings, maps, and park administrative records.
Did You Know?
The Public Health Service operated a venereal disease clinic in the Government Free Bathhouse (1922-1948) in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. It was one of the first facilities in the United States to use penicillin. In 1948, the clinic transferred to the nearby Camp Garraday Transient Camp.