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The Mob Museum, Las Vegas, Nev. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau
The Mob Museum, Las Vegas, Nev.
CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

There are two sides to every story — and then there’s the truth. The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas that presents an exciting and authentic view of the mob’s impact on city history and the world. 

With tales so intriguing they need no embellishment, the museum reveals an insider’s look at the events and people on both sides of the mob’s continuing battle. True stories are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits and multi-sensory experiences. The museum puts the visitor in the middle of the action through high-tech theater presentations, one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive, themed environments.

Guided tours provide guests with a narrated, interactive history. Tours typically last 90 minutes, and every tour is unique as each guide brings his or her own personal interpretation and storytelling to the experience. Audio tours in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, German, Italian and French also are available. 

The Mob Museum has acquired some of the most iconic artifacts in mob history, including the brick wall from the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. The museum opened on Valentine’s Day in 2012, the 79th anniversary of the massacre when seven men affiliated with Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up along the wall, shot and killed by Al Capone’s South Side Italian gang.

Artifacts integrated throughout the museum’s interactive exhibits provide an insider’s look into many of organized crime’s biggest names, including Al Capone, Dion O’Bannion, George Moran, Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Ben Siegel, Sam Giancana and many others. 

Envisioned by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, constructing The Mob Museum enabled the city to rehabilitate and preserve the historic U.S. Post Office and federal courthouse, a building that is on the National Register of Historic Places with national significance as a result of being a site of the Kefauver Committee Hearings. One of the national U.S. Senate Kefauver Committee hearings, convened to expose organized crime in America, was held in the building’s courtroom in 1950. Completed in 1933, the building is a classic example of Depression-era, neoclassical architecture reminiscent of the period in which it was built, but also for the historic events that unfolded inside of it.

Groups of 10 or more qualify for group pricing. Consider adding on a private, guided downtown Las Vegas walking tour. The 90-minute tour visits iconic locations that tell the story of a city conceived by the railroad and raised on gambling.

For more information, call 702-724-8622 or visit themobmuseum.org.