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Celebrate @TheMobMuseum 3rd anniversary with #FREE Museum admission, limited-time-only presentation of Thompson machine guns, 2/14
THE MOB MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE THIRD ANNIVERSARY FREE ADMISSION FOR LOCALS FEBRUARY 14 ONLY, LIMITED-TIME-ONLY ARTIFACT DISPLAY FEBRUARY 14-15
Thompson Machine Guns Used in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to Be Displayed Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15
LAS VEGAS (January 2015) – This Valentine’s Day weekend, Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrates its third anniversary with a special limited-time display of two Thompson machine guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. Lt. Mike Kline from the Berrien County, Mich., Sheriff’s Office, where the guns are stored, will deliver presentations at the Museum as follows:
Saturday, Feb. 14: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
In addition, on Saturday, Feb. 14, only, locals can enjoy FREE admission and out-of-town visitors will receive buy-one, get-one admission. Guests will be invited to make a $3 donation in honor of the Museum’s third birthday. The $3 donation will go toward supporting The Mob Museum, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and its efforts to provide educational programming throughout the year.
The artifacts go hand-in-hand with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall that has been part of the Museum’s collection since its opening on February 14, 2012. In one of the most notorious mass murders of the Prohibition Era, seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up against this wall and gunned down execution style by Al Capone’s gang. On display at The Mob Museum are original bricks from the warehouse wall containing bullet holes resulting from the Massacre. The wall is accompanied by a video discussing the infamous shooting.
The two machine guns, numbered #7580 and #2347, were first positively identified by Colonel Calvin Goddard, forensic scientist specializing in ballistics, in December 1929 after investigating many Thompson guns found in the Chicago area. These two guns, on display at the Museum Feb. 14 and 15, are the only guns ever scientifically proven to be part of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Thompson #7580 was marked Exhibit “A” and was determined to have fired one 20-round magazine at the Massacre scene. Thompson #2347 was marked Exhibit “B” and was determined to have fired one 50-round magazine at the Massacre scene.
The day before the Museum’s anniversary, on Friday, Feb. 13, the Museum will hold its 3rd Anniversary Celebration Blood Drive in partnership with United Blood Services. Anyone who registers to donate blood in the United Blood Services Bloodmobile located behind the Museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day will receive one free ticket to the Museum that is valid until December, 31, 2015. Donors are asked to make an appointment in advance online at www.unitedbloodservices.org or by calling (877) 827-4376. Sponsor code: MobMuseum.
THREE SUCCESSFUL YEARS
The only nationally significant building on the National Register of Historic Places in Las Vegas, The Mob Museum occupies the former Federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office in downtown Las Vegas. Since opening on Feb. 14, 2012, the Museum has earned global acclaim and become a vital community resource with a mission of serving the public as a center for informal learning.
In 2014, the Museum welcomed 270,659 visitors, representing a 21.5 percent increase compared to 2013. In 2014, the Museum gave out 4,488 free locals’ admission tickets in celebration of the second anniversary and Kefauver Day (Nov. 15). In less than three years, more than 700,000 guests, hailing from all 50 states and 35 countries, have visited The Mob Museum.
As the only Museum dedicated to telling the incredible story of organized crime and law enforcement and its impact both on Las Vegas and the world, the Museum’s list of awards and accolades continues to grow.
A snapshot of awards and distinctions the Museum received in 2014 includes:
- “Best Places to Travel in 2015” – Travel + Leisure Magazine
- “A Must for Travelers” – New York Times
- Business Excellence Award – Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
- “Best Museum” from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Nevada Magazine
- Top Workplace 2014 – Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Best Exhibit/Museum – Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association
New Artifacts and Exhibits
In its third year, the Museum acquired 74 new artifacts and 55 items on loan. It introduced a new exhibition, The Cowboy Sheriff, about legendary Las Vegas lawman Sheriff Ralph Lamb. Objects on display include historic photographs, a belt buckle, handcuffs, a Colt .38 revolver, Lamb’s cowboy hat, boots, a Winchester .30-30 rifle, an award medallion, a custom bridle bit and a saddle. Items on display have been loaned to the Museum by the Metro Museum, as well as by Lamb and private collectors. The Museum also acquired three new artifacts related to the fictional depiction of the Mob in popular culture: the suit worn in the death scene of Steve Buscemi’s character, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson from Boardwalk Empire, and a track suit worn by Paulie Walnuts, the mobster portrayed by actor Tony Sirico, in The Sopranos. Other new artifacts added to the collection included those related to illegal gambling and the Flamingo Hotel.
New Audio Tours
For the first time, the Museum made audio tours available to its visitors. Recorded in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese, the tours enable the Museum to speak to a wider audience, including the growing number of international visitors that travel to Las Vegas each year. A grant from the City of Las Vegas’ Centennial Commission funded the production of the new audio tours.
The Mob Museum’s membership has grown to 600 active members. Members of Museum enjoy unlimited admission for an entire year and year-round benefits, including Artifacts After Hours presentations and Wiseguy Speaker Series—both programs created exclusively for Members. They are also the first to receive information regarding special events and speakers and the “Known Associates” Member newsletter as well as enjoy a 10 percent discount on special programs and in the Museum’s retail store. They also receive special recognition, invitations to an exclusive donor reception, VIP parking, additional guest passes and more. (To become a member, go to http://themobmuseum.org/get-involved/individual-membership/).
The Museum had its third-annual “Kefauver Day,” on November 15—a free day for locals—a Repeal Day Party with the second-annual “Boss of the Bars” cocktail competition, and Hot Havana Nights, a celebration of Cuban history and culture. These popular events drew thousands of excited locals and visitors through the Museum’s doors. In addition, the Museum presented 25 programs featuring famous authors, journalists, Federal agents, law enforcement officials and its “Women in Gaming” Courtroom Conversation with Patricia Becker, Jan Jones Blackhurst and Elaine Wynn. Also new in 2014 were the monthly Community Safety Forums held in partnership with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. In total, these public programs drew nearly 1,500 attendees. Also in 2014, The Mob Museum hosted more than 62 private events totaling 5,364 guests, including weddings, receptions, corporate events, and other occasions. The Museum’s programming schedule is designed to delve deeper into the topic of organized crime on a national and international level. Announcements about upcoming programs for 2015 can be found on the Museum website.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 885 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named “A Must for Travelers by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $21.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, September through June; in July and August, hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.TheMobMuseum.org. Connect on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheMobMuseum, on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum and subscribe to the Museum’s Mobcast here.