LAS VEGAS (October 2018) – Starting Wednesday, Oct. 24, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will offer daily tours in The Underground Distillery at 5 p.m.
During the $12, 30-minute tour which involves sampling a variety of distilled spirits, participants receive an in-depth explanation of the distillery equipment and distillation process and learn about Prohibition and its impact on distilled spirits. In addition to learning about the historical origin of Prohibition and the drinking culture that existed before the 1920s, guests have the chance to take part in a spirit-tasting experience including in-house distilled moonshine, vodka and the Jamaica ginger infusion. The Distillery Tours are designed to encourage visitors to develop an appreciation for the flavor of moonshine especially since The Underground’s moonshine is as authentic as it can safely get. It is made in-house with 100% corn and bottled at 50% ABV. Tour participants have the option of purchasing souvenir bottles afterwards to commemorate their experience.
In The Underground exhibition space, guests learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Prohibition shut down thousands of breweries and distilleries across America, but it could not eliminate the public’s desire for alcohol. It simply forced the brewing and distilling of booze into the shadows, which contributed significantly to the rise and proliferation of the Mob in America.
Numerous artifacts found in the Speakeasy and Distillery add depth and context to the Prohibition experience. Items to be on display include a beaded chiffon dress, ca. 1926, which is an example of the new and bolder fashions that became popular during the Prohibition era due to the rise of flapper culture, as well as a 5-gallon whiskey still, one of the smaller home stills used to make alcohol during Prohibition.
Visitors to The Underground at The Mob Museum can also visit its Speakeasy, which serves house-distilled moonshine, house-brewed craft beer, distilled vodka, Prohibition era-inspired cocktails, draft beer, wines by the glass and non-alcoholic drinks.
Visitors of the Museum may add-on a Distillery Tour to their admission at the box office.
Admission to the speakeasy is included with general Museum admission and free any time for patrons using the daily passwords found on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground. For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 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 TheMobMuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheMobMuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.
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