St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Crime Scene Evidence to Be on Public Display for First Time
LAS VEGAS (January 2016) – This Valentine’s Day weekend, Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrates its fourth anniversary with a special preview of original crime scene evidence from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. In addition, on Sunday, February 14, locals can enjoy FREE admission and out-of-town visitors will receive buy-one, get-one admission. Guests will be invited to make a $4 donation in honor of the Museum’s fourth birthday. The $4 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 new St. Valentine’s Day Massacre artifacts, recently acquired by the Museum, represent a one-of-a-kind collection never before put on public display. They include bullets removed from the bodies of the seven victims, bullet fragments and cartridge cases retrieved from the garage floor as well as test bullets fired from the Tommy guns which later proved to have been used in the Massacre. In addition, the display features original coroner’s documents concerning the victims and reports prepared by Dr. Calvin Goddard, forensic scientist specializing in ballistics, who used pioneering ballistics testing techniques to identify the weapons used in the crime. These artifacts will be on display through February 29 and return as a permanent display in 2017.
In addition, on February 13 and 14 only, the Museum will showcase a display of two Thompson machine guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. The two machine guns, numbered #7580 and #2347, were first positively identified by Goddard, in December 1929 after investigating many Thompson guns found in the Chicago area. These two guns represent the only guns ever scientifically proven to be part of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Lt. Mike Kline from the Berrien County, Michigan, Sheriff’s Office, where the guns are stored, will deliver presentations at the Museum as follows:
Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Monday, February 15: 11 a.m.
The Tommy guns and massacre artifacts will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Museum hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The special anniversary artifact displays 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 allegedly gunned down execution style by Al Capone’s gang. On permanent 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.
On the day before the Museum’s anniversary, on Saturday, February 13, the Museum will hold its 4th 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, 2016. Donors are asked to make an appointment in advance online at www.unitedbloodservices.org or by calling (877) 827-4376. Sponsor code: MobMuseum.
FOUR 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 2015, the Museum welcomed 322,198 visitors, representing a 19 percent increase compared to 2014. In 2015, the Museum gave out 3,452 free locals’ admission tickets in celebration of the third anniversary and Kefauver Day (Nov. 15). In less than four years, more than 1,000,000 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.
New Artifacts and Exhibits
In its third year, the Museum acquired 41 new artifacts and seven items on loan. Among the new draws to the Museum, a display addressing the FIFA scandal, titled “The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly,” generated tremendous awareness about the Museum and received international media attention. Another new addition to the Museum’s exhibits, Nevada’s gas chamber execution chair, called attention to the state’s evolving approach to capital punishment.
A snapshot of awards and distinctions the Museum received in 2015 includes:
- Best Museum – Nevada Magazine
- Best Exhibit/Museum 2015 – Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association
- Top Rated Museum – 2015 Viator Travel Awards
- Best History Lesson – Las Vegas Weekly
- “Best Places to Travel in 2015” – Travel + Leisure Magazine
- “Best of Las Vegas 2015” – Thrillist
- “Where to Host the Most Memorable Holiday Party in Las Vegas” – VEGAS magazine
- “Insider Guide: Best of Las Vegas” – CNN
- “Get Cultured: 10 Las Vegas Museums Sure to Entertain and Educate” – USAToday 10Best
The Mob Museum’s membership has grown to 1,069 active members. Members of Museum enjoy unlimited admission for an entire year and are also the first to receive information regarding special events and speakers, the “Known Associates” Member newsletter and also enjoy a 10 percent discount on special programs and in the Museum’s retail store and 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 Events and Programs
The Museum had its third-annual “Kefauver Day,” on November 15—a free day for locals—a Repeal Day Party with the “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 43 programs, including its inaugural Special Agents of Summer youth camp, a live display by a forensic sketch artist, Courtroom Conversations, Author Talks, book signings and monthly Community Safety Forums in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and sponsored by NV Energy. In total, these public programs drew nearly 2,180 attendees. Also in 2015, The Mob Museum hosted 81 private events totaling 6,746 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 2016 can be found on the Museum website.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. The Museum presents unbelievable stories about the Mob, its impact on Las Vegas history and unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in an eye-opening style via interactive exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and nearly 1,000 authentic artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel 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 $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 www.TheMobMuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheMobMuseum or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.