There is no shortage of things to see and do in Las Vegas, and one of the city's more unusual attractions is The Mob Museum. The Mob Museum is located in Downtown Las Vegas and was first opened in 2012. It is a history museum dedicated to telling the history of organized crime in the United States - as well as countermeasures and initiatives by law enforcement to stop and prevent the crimes.
Another of Las Vegas' unique museums to visit is the National Atomic Testing Museum about how America developed and tested nuclear bombs. Alternatively, if one is going to Chicago, take the time to explore the gangsters and ghost history of the Windy City.
The Museum's Historic Courthouse Building
The Mob Museum is housed in the old Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse (built in 1933). The courthouse is actually one of Las Vegas' last remaining historical buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the federal courthouse where the 1950-51 Kefauver Committee hearings were held.
- Official Name: National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.
One will see the actual courtroom that was used in the Kefauver hearings - the first mob-related event that was televised. See historical clips on a big screen and read about the famous hearings.
The Mob Museum Of The Most Infamous Gangsters
The museum is interactive and a great activity for the whole family (some activities have age restrictions). Not only will visitors learn bout the criminal history of Sin City, but also of the wider nation. Learn about the famed gangsters and mobsters and their influence on America.
The museum was developed with the aid of Dennis Barrie, who also co-created the International Spy Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Over at the law enforcement side of the museum, visitors see a wire-tapping station (visitors can also listen in on conversations that actually happened). See the testimonies of FBI agents and see a police lineup booth. Step in and be the "suspects."
One of the main exhibits is about the infamous gangster Al Capone. Learn about Chicago's Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, when seven Moran gang members were killed by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang. Visitors will even see the only gun directly related to the shoot - a 38-caliber Colt Detective special revolver. It is believed to have belonged to Frank Gusenberg of the Moran gang.
- Artifacts: Guns, Jewelry, Weapons, Photographs That Belonged To Gangsters
The museum also exhibits artifacts that belonged to some of the most famous gangsters (like Al Capone, Charlie Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and many others).
The Mob Museum's Interactive Experiences
The Mob Museum also has a number of interactive experiences - the Crime Lab, the Distillery Tour & Tasting, and the Firearm Training Simulator. These are included in the premier and deluxe passes.
See their Crime Lab and learn about how forensic scientists work. Learn about fingerprint analysts, DNA profilers, and medical examiners. See how specialists get to the bottom of a crime scene and secure evidence for the case.
- Hours: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm (Every 30 Minutes)
- Age Restriction: 11 Years And Over
Distiller Tour & Tasting
Learn about the Prohibition era and the drinking culture before the 1920s. See how Prohibition created The Underground, vast smuggling networks, and gave rise to gangsters. Experience Prohibition ear cocktails and an authentic speakeasy. They have an on-site distillery with a variety of house-made distilled spirits.
- Hours: 11.30 am to 8.00 pm (Every hour)
- Age Restriction: 21 Years And Over
Firearm Training Simulator
The Firearm Training Simulator offers an immersive training experience where one needs to make the split-second decisions that law enforcement officers are trained for. With this experience, a trainer leads visitors through the video training and live role-playing scenarios.
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm, Friday to Sunday 10.00 am to 7.45 pm (Every 13 Minutes)
- Age Restriction: 13 Years And Over
Planning One's Visit To The Mob Museum
Get $10 off adult admission if visiting after 5.00 pm Sunday-Friday or by visiting before 11.00 am. There are discounts for Nevada residents.
- Cost: $29.95 Per Adult
- Children: Free (Aged 10 and Under)
- Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
- Days Open: Daily
- Located: On Steward Avenue and Third Street
The Crime Lab, the Distillery Tour & Tasting, and the Firearm Training Simulator have different operating hours.