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What prompted you to do the renovation, but also to include a distillery and a speakeasy in the renovation plans?
We are eager to reinvest in our future growth and create exciting new ways to advance our mission and positively impact the community. With these efforts, we expect to increase the Museum’s reach, delivering hundreds of thousands of guests each year, many millions of dollars of economic impact, and a spotlight that keeps shining on downtown Las Vegas.
The enhanced experiences related to Prohibition include multimedia displays, objects and artifacts, as well as a working distillery and speakeasy. The new additions educate visitors about the singular intersection of culture, industry and organized crime that pervaded the Prohibition Era.
What topics are covered in your Organized Crime Today exhibit?
Topics include: Major transnational organized crime groups such as Mexican drug cartels, Russian Mafia, Japanese Yakuza and Italian Camorra. In addition, we discuss drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, human trafficking, wildlife trafficking, money laundering and cybercrime. Organized crime activity is broken down by continent and region.
What activities are included in your Crime Lab?
Guests learn how forensic criminal investigations truly operate by doing hands-on activities, including DNA profiling, fingerprinting, ballistics testing and cause of death studies.
Why offer a Use of Force Training Experience?
As the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, our mission is “To advance the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society.” To tell the story of law enforcement’s battle with fighting crime is crucial in fulfilling our mission statement. The Museum has consulted with law enforcement professionals in Las Vegas and beyond to seek their advice on the best training practices to emulate at the Museum.
Where are the speakeasy and distillery located?
The new Prohibition history content is located in the Museum’s basement, which formerly housed our administrative offices.
Does The Underground speakeasy serve cocktails from the early 20th century?
Certainly! Guests to the speakeasy explore the world of Prohibition history, including the experience of sipping Prohibition cocktails. The birth of cocktails is just one of the many ways the Prohibition era changed American society.
Is it an actual working distillery, and if so, what spirits are made?
The new exhibit includes an actual working distillery. Currently the Museum is producing 750 ml and 50 ml vodka and moonshine.