Press Release


LAS VEGAS (May 2016)The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, wants to know “What’s in Your Closet?” Now through June of 2016, the Museum seeks authentic artifacts from the Prohibition Era (1919-1933), specifically women’s garments, accessories and other materials of fashionable consumption. The items received may be considered for display in the Museum’s first fashion-centric exhibition, “Ready to Roar: Evening Fashions of Prohibition Women.”

Scheduled to be on view in the fall of 2016, the exhibit will be held in collaboration with regional institutions such as the Clark County Museum, Nevada State Museum and Death Valley National Park. Cloche hats, beaded dresses, fur wraps or jeweled compacts—a woman need not have been a “flapper” to have had such fashionable, widely produced items during Prohibition. By inviting the public to send in their own fashionable, authentic Prohibition-Era heirlooms or vintage-store treasures, the planned exhibit will enhance its collection of Prohibition artifacts pertaining specifically to women’s history and the public will have the opportunity to have their very own objects on display at The Mob Museum. Such items might include a set of late ‘20s lounge pajamas, an accessory that incorporates a flask, or a disguised compact.

The Museum will consider accepting donations of artifacts, that may become part of the organization’s permanent collection. As a 501c3, nonprofit organization, donations have the potential to be tax deductible.

Also up for consideration are loaned items. Any loaned items that are accepted as part of the exhibition will be returned to their owners following the show’s end. Loaned items must also be available at least one month prior to the exhibition’s opening in order to properly prepare them for safe display.

In order to have an item considered for inclusion in The Mob Museum’s collection or its upcoming “Ready to Roar” exhibition, submissions may be made online here. For more information about The Mob Museum, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit



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 more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named 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 and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 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 Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.