The Mob Museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is located in Downtown Las Vegas. This history museum is dedicated to exhibiting artifacts and stories that showcase the history of organized crime in the US. Exhibits also include initiatives and actions taken by law enforcement agencies for the prevention of such crimes.
A visit to the Mob Museum offers a real view of decades of organized crime in Las Vegas, the back alleys of various American cities and even beyond the borders. The museum helps you explore the real stories and actual events that shaped mob history.
Mob Museum First-Floor Exhibits
The 1st floor has a number of very interesting exhibits. The ‘100 years of Made Men’ is an exhibit that profiles the most notorious figures from more than 100 years of mob history. Move on to the Crime Lab Experience to understand how forensic evidence is used to build strong cases against criminal suspects.
Check out the multimedia exhibits that help to explore the work of crime scene investigators, fingerprint analysts and medical examiners who try and crack a case with the help of such evidence.
The Organized Crime Exhibit talks about how famous organized crime figures and mob-run casinos thrived in the past and even today, and how law enforcement is fighting back.
Get to know what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer at the Firearm Training Simulator where you are exposed to the different types of training exercises that officers undergo, to be equipped to handle diverse situations.
Mob Museum Second-Floor Exhibits
On the 2nd floor, you will see exhibits related to the Kefauver Hearings that describes the high profile inquiries held across the country against organized crime.
Las Vegas Open City
Check out the ‘Open City’ exhibit that focuses on how gambling was legalized in Las Vegas after which no one mobster could dominate it, opening it up to mobsters nationwide to launch new ventures, and how law enforcement dealt with this.
Mob’s Greatest Hits Exhibit
Go through the Mob’s Greatest Hits Exhibit, where you can see how gruesome violence was a part of mob life, the kind of weapons they used and who were some of the victims of mob violence.
Mob Museum Third-Floor Exhibits
The Birth of a Mob exhibit talks about how some people, in pursuit of the American dream, sowed the seeds of crime to achieve the dream. The next exhibit, A Tough Little Town, shows how the city of Las Vegas went from being a frontier outpost to the global capital of gambling and entertainment, led by the mob.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall is an exhibit that shows how the massacre was one of the darkest days of mob history. Visitors can view the actual wall from the building where the massacre took place. Bullet holes are real the blood on the wall was added for effect and not real.
The Underground Speakeasy
Once you’ve seen all the of the Mob Museum exhibits, make your way to The Underground where you’ll be transported to the Prohibition era, surrounded by stories, images, and artifacts from the ‘Roaring Twenties’. Sip on a cocktail at the well-stocked bar and enjoy evening entertainment of that bygone era.
Walk through the Distillery exhibit that tells stories of bootleggers, rumrunners and government agents who tried to bring them down. Don’t miss going down the Alleyway that brings to life the sights and sounds of the Prohibition Era. Get yourself clicked at the Phone Booth of the Four Deuces Club!
Special Events at Mob Museum
The museum organizes a number of special events through the year, focused on various aspects of mob history. From Jazz Nights at The Underground to National Moonshine Day and Summer Movie Series, there are quite a few options to choose from. Look up the museum calendar for exact dates and times for special events.
The Mob Museum is located at 300 Stewart Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. Parking is free for the first three hours. The museum is open daily: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you are a Nevada resident the museum offers a discount.