Press Release

OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS FOCUS OF NEWEST DISPLAY AT THE MOB MUSEUM

LAS VEGAS (August 2016) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, debuts its newest temporary exhibit, “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs,” on Friday, September 2. A video preview, featuring former undercover ATF Agent Jay Dobyns, who infiltrated the Hells Angels, gives a glimpse of what visitors can expect to learn from the display; it may be viewed here.

Located in the area of the Museum dedicated to current events in organized crime and law enforcement, “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs” is on view in the same space previously occupied by exhibits related to the FIFA corruption scandal and El Chapo’s infamous prison escape. It explores the small percentage of motorcycle clubs that engage in drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, theft, extortion and other forms of organized crime. The display will examine the global reach of the gangs, the histories and current practices of some of the largest groups such as the Hells Angels, the Bandidos and the Outlaws as well as some of the infamous motorcycle gang battles, including the 2015 shootout in a restaurant parking lot in Waco, Texas.

Items on view include:

  • An outlaw motorcycle gang jacket, jewelry and accessories worn by Jay Dobyns, author of “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey into the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.” Dobyns spent more than 25 years in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and infiltrated the Hells Angels gang.
  • Photos and documents detailing the story of bikers who are members of gangs such as the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Pagans, the Outlaws and the Sons of Silence.
  • An original 5-minute-long video featuring interviews with Dobyns and Thomas Barker, national and international expert on outlaw motorcycle gangs. Barker is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, a former police officer and police academy instructor and researcher and writer on the topic of biker gangs. His books include “Biker Gangs and Transnational Organized Crime” and “North American Criminal Gangs: Street, Prison, Outlaw Motorcycle and Drug Trafficking Organizations.”

The display is free with Museum admission and for Museum Members. “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs” will remain on view through spring 2017. For more information, please call (702) 229-2734.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum.org or Twitter @themobmuseum.