What’s inside The Mob Museum?
The Mob Museum provides an eye-opening, authentic view of organized crime’s impact on the world and reveals an insider’s look at the events and characters of the continuing battle between the Mob and the law. Real stories are brought to life with engaging, multi-sensory exhibits, hundreds of artifacts and unparalleled insights from those on the front lines of both sides of the war.
Guests can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes on wiretapping equipment or take part in FBI weapons training. The Museum also features some of the most iconic artifacts in Mob history including the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago.
When did The Mob Museum open?
The Museum opened on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2012. The opening coincided with the anniversary of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago where several members of Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up along the brick wall of a warehouse, shot and killed by Al Capone’s gang.
What famous names from history are associated with The Mob Museum?
Artifacts, multimedia displays and interactive exhibits provide an insider’s look into many of organized crime’s biggest names, including Al Capone, Dion O’Bannion, George “Bugs” Moran, Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Sam Giancana, Joe Bonanno, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, Mickey Cohen, Tony Cornero, Tony Spilotro, John Gotti, Whitey Bulger and Virginia Hill to name a few.
The Museum also features FBI, IRS and other famous undercover agents who made a career of fighting the Mob, including legendary agents Joe Pistone, who infiltrated the Mob posing as a small time jewel thief, Donnie Brasco, Mike Malone and Cuban-born Jack Garcia who successfully ingrained himself into the Gambino crime family.
How large is The Museum?
The 41,000 square-foot Mob Museum includes approximately 17,000 square feet of exhibition space on three floors. In addition, the building also has a specialty retail store, special event areas, educational areas and office space.
How was the development of The Mob Museum funded?
The Mob Museum cost $42 million to build and was funded by the City of Las Vegas and nearly $9 million in federal, state and local historic preservation grants. It is run by the 501(c) 3 non-profit 300 Stewart Avenue Corporation.
Is the Museum accredited?
The Mob Museum was awarded accreditation on March 1, 2017, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). This distinction means our Museum meets National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. museums and we join a select community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to these standards and best practices.
Where can I get more information including photos and videos about The Mob Museum?
For more information, visit our website’s Media Room
section. You can also connect with us on Facebook: /themobmuseum
and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum
. Additional links to our other various social media channels can be found in the News section of our website on the home page navigation panel.