Kefauver Day | Free Admission for Nevada Residents
Annually, The Mob Museum commemorates the historic Kefauver Committee hearings held in the Museum’s courtroom on November 15, 1950.
The Kefauver Day celebration began as a desire to further our mission by educating the public and opening our doors to the community, ensuring accessibility and reach. Museum admission is free for Nevada residents and buy-one-get-one for non-residents on Kefauver Day. This event continues to underscore our Core Value of Commitment to Community as we endeavor to provide a world-class museum experience to residents who might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit.
Additional Offerings Include:
– 10% off food and drink*
– Learn about volunteer and employment opportunities
*Discount valid at The Underground speakeasy and concessions. Excludes souvenir spirit bottles or other retail items. Must be 21+ to visit The Underground.
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About the Kefauver Hearings
One of 27 congressional hearings held nationwide across 14 cities, the Las Vegas Kefauver hearing commemorates a pivotal time in the federal fight against organized crime, as well as events that influenced the development of Las Vegas. Well-known Las Vegas residents who testified included Moe Sedway, manager of the Flamingo Hotel; Wilbur Clark, front man for the Desert Inn; and Clifford Jones, Nevada’s then lieutenant governor.
The Kefauver hearings entranced the public. They followed their revelations in newspapers and magazines, in the popular newsreels of the time, on the radio and, most of all, through the technology of television. Though not the first televised congressional hearing, and even with only half of American households having televisions at the time, nearly 30 million people tuned in to watch the historic congressional hearings. Some movie theaters installed televisions to bring the hearings to the public live. One researcher reported that daytime viewership of television grew 20 times higher in New York during the hearings — “that twice as many viewers watched the hearings as watched the 1950 World Series.”
The Kefauver hearings revealed extensive evidence of organized crime’s infiltration of American business and politics and inspired an array of law enforcement initiatives to bring down the Mob.