Floor 3

Birth of the Mob

America was the land of opportunity, but for some that meant the opportunity to grab what they could. In the early 1900s, anything seemed possible if you had the smarts and gumption to pull it off. But not everybody took the high road in pursuit of the Amer...

A Tough Little Town

What were the odds? A city sprouts in the desert and becomes a global capital of gambling and entertainment. Fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, the legalization of gambling and the construction of Hoover Dam, Las Vegas grew from a frontier outpost to a re...

Prohibition

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1919, banned the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Congress then passed the Volstead Act to enforce the ban. At the stroke of a pen, centuries-old customs became illegal, dividing Americans along ethnic, re...

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 in Chicago remains one of the darkest moments in Mob history. Seven members and associates of Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up against a brick wall and shot to death by assassins allegedly associated with Al Capone’s ...

Massacre Evidence

The Massacre Evidence artifacts join one of The Mob Museum’s most important artifacts, the actual St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall, against which seven associates of notorious Chicago mobster Bugs Moran gang were gunned down in 1929.

The Feds Fight Back

Crime has always been with us but after Prohibition, the Mob, with its nationwide network, innovative schemes, bootlegging bankroll and ruthless justice, was different. Federal agencies and local police battling organized crime required long-term commitment...

Follow the Money

Who put some of the most infamous mobsters behind bars? Many people don’t realize it was, in fact, the IRS. Known as T-Men, U.S. Treasury Department agents working for the Special Intelligence Unit, under the leadership of Director Elmer Irey, quietly built...

The Tentacles Spread

The repeal of Prohibition abruptly ended organized crime’s smuggling and speakeasy operations – but it didn’t end its ambitions. As with astute entrepreneurs, mobsters adapted. Emboldened by a decade of fat profits, and with a well-organized network to sett...