Renovation Overview

Renovation Overview

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The Mob Museum recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. In the first five years of operation, the Museum welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors from all 50 states and 36 countries, and injected more than $20.5 million annually into the downtown Las Vegas economy—all while accumulating numerous awards and accolades. We are excited to announce our renovation plans for 2017, which will expand the Museum’s exhibit offerings and guest experiences.

The Museum will remain open during this renovation period. The projected completion date for this project is spring 2018. Welcome to the #MobMuseumCountdown.

“We are eager to reinvest in our future growth and create exciting new ways to advance our mission and positively impact the community. This improvement project will result in enhanced guest amenities and an even richer exhibit experience, ensuring that we remain a first-class Museum for years to come. 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.”
—Jonathan Ullman, executive director and CEO

The Mob Museum contracted with LG Architects, Inc., a Las Vegas-based architecture firm and Gallagher & Associates, the internationally renowned exhibit design firm, to assist in designing the project. Improvements will encompass additional exhibits, interactive venues and a brand-new integrated retail and food service experience developed with the Museum’s long-term partner Event Network. Listed on the Nevada and National Register of Historic Places, the Museum has assembled experts including Robert Chattel of Chattel, Inc., Historic Preservation Consultants, who served on the Museum’s original development team. Together, the project team will honor the historic nature of the building and ensure the project abides by local, state and federal historic preservation requirements.

The new exhibits and experiences will include:

  • New: Distillery. Guests visiting the Museum’s distillery will learn about Prohibition-Era bootlegging and rum running amid a working distillery producing a variety of spirits.
  • New: Speakeasy. In the Museum’s speakeasy, guests will encounter exhibits documenting the culture of the 1920s while enjoying the ambiance of a fully operational tavern.
  • New exhibit: Organized Crime today. This exhibit will use graphics, artifacts and interactive features to describe the global reach of organized crime in the 21st century and how law enforcement agencies are adapting to combat it.
  • Expanded retail space to include light dining options.  A Museum visit can take anywhere between one hour up to an entire day, depending on the guest. Because of this, The Mob Museum is excited to begin offering light dining options in a brand new café space within the retail area. In addition, the retail space will expand and be configured to feature artifact cases to give continuity to the Museum experience.
  • New experience: Hands-On Crime Lab. Forensic science has become a popular feature of prime-time crime dramas, but what we see on TV does not always reflect how things actually work in a police crime lab. Using digital interactives and hands-on activities, guests will learn fact from fiction when it comes to DNA and fingerprint analysis, ballistics testing, determining cause and manner of death, and other forms of scientific police work.
  • New: Use-of-Force Experience. The Museum’s Use-of-Force Experience will provide guests with an intense training experience that is very similar to what police officers undergo.
  • And even more… What kind of Mob Museum would we be if we revealed all of our secrets at one time? Follow #MobMuseumCountdown on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the renovation period for updates and announcements, or signup for our monthly newsletter for the latest updates by clicking here.