Education and Senior Outreach

Investigating History

“The students and teachers loved how the program made history come to life. The presenter was interesting and engaging. The students greatly enjoyed the artifacts that were shared. This is our second year experiencing the Investigating History program and we hope to have many more years to come.”

Michele Cobb, Assistant Principal, Lee Antonello Elementary School

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Imagine closely examining postcards from the Prohibition Era, discovering the tricks to staying cool in Las Vegas before air conditioning, or analyzing fingerprints just like a crime scene investigator. Students can do that and more, right in the classroom.

The Mob Museum is currently offering its outreach presentations to teachers and their students in a digital format. Through a virtual Google Meet or Zoom session, experience topics in Las Vegas history, American history, and forensic science. Trained Museum educators deliver interactive, standards-based presentations. Students use Common Core-aligned strategies to interpret primary sources and enrich traditional social studies and science curriculum.

Presentations are 50 minutes. Educators share a PowerPoint and engage students in the material through questions, primary source analysis and critical thinking exercises. Pre- and post-visit materials are available for teachers. Additional information on the standards addressed by individual presentations available upon request.

Investigating History was awarded the city of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission’s Preservation Education award for 2016. The award recognizes The Mob Museum for going to extraordinary efforts in promoting, preserving and educating the public regarding Las Vegas history.

Virtual presentations are available throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST.

For more information, please contact Claire White at 702-724-8629 or For information on pricing, please click here.

The creation of this program was generously funded by the Las Vegas Centennial Commission. Additional support provided by East West Bank, Union Pacific Foundation and the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation enables the Museum to provide free presentations to underserved schools in our community.

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Building a Community in the Desert (Grades 2-7)
What do you need to build a city in a desert? Students learn how a railroad created Las Vegas as educators present objects and images related to the city’s 1905 settlement and its early years as a railroad depot.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history

Las Vegas & the Hoover Dam (Grades 2-7)
Why is the Hoover Dam so important to Las Vegas? Students will discover why the dam was constructed and what life was like for the workers who built the dam – both on the job and in 1930s Southern Nevada.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history

Las Vegas through the Ages (Grades 4-12)
A crash course in Las Vegas history! Educators bring the history of Las Vegas to life through objects, images, and stories — from the earliest Paiute inhabitants to the mob’s influence to the modern suburbs and megaresorts.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history, organized crime

Mob-Mobile Investigation Experience (Grades 4-12)
Students experience some of the investigative technologies that have helped take down the mob—including wiretapping, video surveillance, and fingerprint and footwear analysis. Note: this presentation involves the use of The Mob Museum’s specially outfitted “Mob-Mobile.”
Curriculum strands: criminal justice, forensic science

Forensic Science and the Fingerprint (Grades 5-12)
Did you know every person has a unique set of fingerprints? Educators introduce the science and history behind fingerprinting, and students try their hand at recording and analyzing their own fingerprints.
Curriculum strands: criminal justice, forensic science

African Americans in Las Vegas (Grades 7-12)
Learn about the challenges and discrimination African Americans faced in the early years of Las Vegas, how the Westside developed, and much more.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history, U.S. history

Prohibition & American Society (Grades 7-12)
Students meet some of the Prohibition era’s movers and shakers – bootleggers, flappers, mob bosses, and more, as educators present objects and documents related to American life during Prohibition and explore societal changes and the dramatic increase in crime.
Curriculum strands: U.S. history, government, organized crime

Ballistics and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Grades 7-12)
Students learn about the rise of organized crime during Prohibition and examine the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in order to understand the crime’s impact on society as well as forensic science and criminal investigations. Educators show students how firearm examiners analyze and compare bullets.
Curriculum strands: U.S. history, criminal justice, forensic science, organized crime

Senior Outreach

Talking through Time

Talking through Time is a content-rich educational program designed to reach seniors where they reside. Presentations are interactive, and they encourage conversations and personal recollections. Each 1-hour presentation is focused on a topic in Las Vegas history and incorporates historical objects and fascinating multimedia. For more information, please contact The Mob Museum at 702-724-8629 or

Topics include:

Las Vegas and the Mob

Mobsters didn’t start Las Vegas, but they helped develop the city into what it is today. Discover who was here before the Mob, why the Mob came to Las Vegas and how they controlled its major casinos for decades. Casino memorabilia and other historical objects transport participants back to the Las Vegas of yesteryear, when mobsters like Bugsy Siegel, Moe Dalitz and Frank Rosenthal ruled the casino floor.

Las Vegas Entertainers

What would Las Vegas be without its world-class entertainment? Discover how a dusty desert town became the capital of live entertainment. This multimedia presentation recalls the performances of some of the biggest names in Las Vegas history: the Rat Pack, Liberace, Elvis and many more. Learn about where the stars worked and played during their time in Las Vegas, and how big paychecks kept them coming back.

African Americans in Las Vegas

African Americans have played an important role in the history of Las Vegas since the city’s founding in 1905. This presentation explores the experience of local African American residents as well as the African American entertainers who graced Las Vegas stages. Learn about the challenges and discrimination African Americans faced in the early years, how the Westside developed and much more.