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THE MOB MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO ON FIRST TRAVELING EXHIBIT
LAS VEGAS (January 2015) –The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has partnered with Plaza Hotel & Casino on a brand-new exhibition, which will remain on view until June 30, 2015. Designed to place even more of the Museum’s robust artifact collection on public view, as well as introduce the Museum to a larger audience, the exhibit includes the John Gotti car and informational signage throughout the hotel-casino.
Part of the Museum collection since 2011, the John Gotti car is a 1972 Jaguar XKE Convertible. The car was a gift to Gotti from veteran Gambino Family mobster Greg DePalma, who gave the car to Gotti to curry favor with the “Teflon Don.” The car can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 134 miles per hour and has a V12 Engine. Its original price was approximately $7,500.
Informational displays feature photographs and text spotlighting prominent “Sin City Mobsters,” such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, whose Las Vegas associations are inextricably linked with the city’s history. Another graphic display addresses some of the iconic Las Vegas resorts—such as The Flamingo and the El Cortez—which were famously associated with Mob ownership and activity before law enforcement and big corporate owners wrenched control away from organized crime.
Also of note, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is home to Oscar’s Steakhouse. Oscar Goodman, the restaurant’s namesake, was not only a prominent Mob defense attorney as well as City of Las Vegas mayor. The Mob Museum represents the realization of Goodman’s vision of the first world-class institution dedicated to revealing the impact of the Mob and its battle with law enforcement on society.
“This is the first time we’ve partnered with another Las Vegas entity on an exhibition of this scale,” said Ashley Misko, director of marketing and PR, The Mob Museum. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with The Plaza and plan to pursue other traveling exhibition opportunities with other venues – both in Las Vegas and elsewhere – in the future.”
Michael Pergolini, vice president/general manager, Plaza Hotel & Casino, added, “The Plaza itself is part of the historical fabric of the original Las Vegas Strip in Downtown. Already in partnership with Oscar Goodman, one of the city’s most notable Mob defense attorneys, embracing a partnership with The Mob Museum is a natural fit to showcase the artifacts from a period that shaped our city. Being able to offer a glimpse of history within our casino and having guests visit the Museum for the whole story is just good business.”
For general information about the Museum, its exhibitions, special programming, event rentals and admission, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.TheMobMuseum.org.