Background and HistoryBuilt in the early 1930's in the Depression-Era Neoclassical style, the Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse has been one of the most notable landmarks in Downtown Las Vegas for decades. By the end of the 1990's, this elegant property lost much of its purpose for municipal applications. Federal agencies officially sold the building to Las Vegas for a symbolic value of only one dollar. Click to book The Mob Museum admission. However, the city was supposed to redevelop the former courthouse and post office into a new cultural venue. More than 42 million dollars were spent on the renovation of this historic edifice. Federal, state and local grants were primarily used to transform the courthouse into The Mob Museum. In 2012, this attraction opened to the general public in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The founders of the institution have worked on other prominent projects, including the opening of the International Spy Museum in the nation's capital. Today, The Mob Museum operates as a non-profit organization with official 501(c)3 status. In 2017, the Museum received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums; the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums.
Exhibits and HighlightsFloor 1 at The Mob Museum includes several exhibits that focus on some of the most notorious mobsters in American history. The 100 Years of Made Men gallery includes mugshots, photographs and profiles of individuals who organized successful criminal enterprises. The Listening In gallery gives you a rare insight into private conversations between gangsters. The Crime Lab Experience presents the forensics and other advanced techniques used to investigate illicit activities. Other presentations on Floor 1 include the Organized Crime Today and Use of Force Training Experience. Floor 2 of The Mob Museum includes the Kefauver Hearings exhibit inside a former court room that actually hosted trials for decades. In the 1950s, a senator from Tennessee launched widespread investigations into suspicious mob activities in more than a dozen major cities nationwide. Open City, Web of Deceit and Mob's Greatest Hits are also installed on the second level of the museum. Floor 3 at The Mob Museum opens with Birth of the Mob, which explains the origins of mobs in the United States of America. Some other exhibits on this level include the Feds Fight Back, Follow the Money and Tentacles Spread. You can also learn about Al Capone's violent acts at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre Wall. Some of the exhibits at The Mob Museum also honour the heroic efforts of law enforcement. The Basement at The Mob Museum features their Prohibition exhibit, aptly named "The Underground". Visitors can go back in time by taking the basement stairs to immerse themselves in The Underground. Surrounded by artifacts from the 1920's, experience Prohibition-era cocktails in their speakeasy and tour the Museums on-site distillery for a taste of the past.
Visiting The Mob MuseumThe Mob Museum is located along Stewart Avenue in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. This attraction is conveniently accessible from the Las Vegas Expressway, which is also known as Interstate 515. Additionally, Interstate 15 runs less than a mile away from the downtown area. There are plenty of on-site parking spots available at this museum and many other neighbouring venues in such a car-oriented community. You can also take RTC Transit buses to various points in Downtown Las Vegas. Additionally, The Mob Museum is located less than 10 miles away from McCarran International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports on the West Coast of the United States.
Location: 300 Stewart Avenue, Downtown Las Vegas, NV
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