The Mob Museum

300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Mob Museum exhibit showing an early slot machine

Mob Museum exhibit showing an early slot machine.

Photo credit: By Kremerbi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a history museum in Downtown Las Vegas. It features the artifacts, stories, and history of organized crime in the United States, as well as the actions and initiatives by law enforcement to prevent such crimes. The Museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, which was built in 1933 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The centerpiece is the second floor courtroom, which was the location of one of 14 national Kefauver Committee hearings held in 1950 and 1951 to expose organized crime. The Museum also acquired the blood-stained wall where the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre took place. Other exhibits focus on Mob violence, casino money skimming operations, and wiretapping by law enforcement.

The self-guided tour commences on the third floor, where visitors can watch an educational film about the history of Organized Crime, beginning around the time of the passing of Prohibition. A wall near the exit depicts images of actors who portrayed well-known Mobsters in movies or series. A significant number of exhibits are interactive; there are also several stations situated throughout the Museum, where relevant film footage is played on loops.

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