November 15: Kefauver Day Free Admission for Nevada Residents | Sponsored By Zappos

November 15: Kefauver Day Free Admission for Nevada Residents | Sponsored By Zappos

Date: November 15, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free for Nevada residents (w/ID) and buy-one-get-one for non-residents

On November 15, The Mob Museum celebrates Kefauver Day in honor of the Kefauver Committee hearing that took place in our building’s courtroom on that date in 1950. Kefauver Day is free for Nevada residents and buy-one-get-one for non-residents thanks to Zappos’ generous support. Plus, visitors will receive 20% off food and drinks in The Underground at The Mob Museum from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and highlighted previews of Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Distillery Tour & Tasting experiences. 

Kefauver Day FAQs

Are reservations required?

Reservations are NOT required. Due to the high-volume of anticipated guests, we cannot make any special reservation accommodations. Guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.

When is the last admission accepted?

Guests are encouraged to be in line by 8:45 p.m. to guarantee their spot.

What forms of ID are accepted?

Any form of identification that lists your name with a Nevada address as official residence will be accepted. This can be a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, etc.

Are children allowed?

All ages are welcome to visit on Kefauver Day, but children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Must be 21+ over to visit The Underground speakeasy and distillery in the Museum’s basement.

About the Kefauver Hearings:

The hearings, officially known as the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, came to be known as the Kefauver hearings after the committee’s chairman, Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee.

The Las Vegas Kefauver hearing – one of 27 held nationwide in 14 cities – commemorates a pivotal time in the national 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 public was entranced by the Kefauver hearings. They followed their revelations in newspapers and magazines, in the popular newsreels of the time, on the radio and, most of all, through the new technology of television. Some movie theaters installed televisions to bring the hearings to the public live. One researcher reported that daytime viewership 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.