THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM
Take the basement stairs back in time and immerse yourself in The Underground. Wind your way through an enticing Prohibition-era world. Surrounded by stories, images and artifacts from the 1920s, experience Prohibition-era cocktails in our speakeasy and tour our on-site distillery for a taste of the past.
Travel back in time to the Prohibition era, when tens of thousands of speakeasies operating in hard-to-find places satisfied the nation’s thirst for forbidden spirits. Informative and entertaining exhibits, videos and artifacts tell the stories of the Roaring Twenties, which saw the rise of flappers, jazz and the Mob. The speakeasy exhibit is built around a well-stocked bar with a hand-crafted cocktail menu, and weekly live music, creating a lively environment inspired by that bygone age.
Prohibition made it illegal to brew beer or distill liquor, so America’s unquenched thirst for alcohol demanded an underworld solution. The Mob filled the void, smuggling spirits into the country and producing moonshine from hidden stills. This exhibit tells the stories of bootleggers, rumrunners and the government agents who tried to take them down. The centerpiece is a working still producing moonshine so you, too, can have a taste of this formerly forbidden engine of American commerce.