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Mob Museum opens in Las Vegas

Posted by Melanie Nayer  February 21, 2012 07:07 AM

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The_Mob_Museum_Building2.jpgExterior of the Mob Museum Building in Las Vegas, courtesy of the Mob Museum

It's a piece of our history many Bostonians can't forget, and Las Vegas is bringing it back to life with their newly opened Mob Museum. Just last week, the 41,000 square foot $40 million Mob Museum opened in Las Vegas, showcasing the serious impact the mob has had on history and society.

Famous names including Al Capone, Sam Giancana, Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti, and Boston's own James 'Whitey' Bulger grace the halls of this vast space and spill the stories that made them famous. But just as the mob is present here, so ae the law enforcement officials that brought them down.

Whitey_Bulger.jpgAccording to the museum's website, "The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover the truth and nothing but the truth."

Other highlights in the museum include:

  • History of the mob's most notorious figures
  • Features prominent figures in law enforcement
  • Exhibition dedicated to current mob activity in the US and internationally
  • The Mob Museum houses one of the original courtrooms where the famous 1950s
  • Original artifacts, including the actual wall against which the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in Chicago in 1929 and the barber chair in which Albert Anastasia, boss of the Gambino "Murder Inc" crime family, was killed in 1957

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nicholas Pileggi, author of "Casino" and "Wiseguys" (which became the movie "Goodfellas") is a consultant and hosts an original film included in the exhibition that "explores the history of the mob's portrayal in popular culture."

The Mob Museum occupies the former U.S. Post Office and courthouse at 300 Stewart Avenue, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The museum is made up of 17,000 square feet of exhibition space on three floors in addition to a specialty retail store, special event areas, educational areas and office space.

Admission: $18 plus tax for adults ages 18 and over; $12 plus tax for children ages 5 to 17 and students ages 18 to 23 with ID; $14 plus tax for seniors, military, law enforcement and teachers; and $10 plus tax for Nevada residents of all ages.
Hours: Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
More info: The Mob Museum website

Readers: What do you think about this museum?

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