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Paige Alexandra
· February 14, 2018
Very cool museum. It’s the same site where the famous Senator Kefauver hearings took place. You are able to look at the courtroom which has been meticulously restored.
Another cool item they have is t...he wall from the St Valentine’s Day Massacre. It was shipped from Chicago and reassembled piece by piece.
The staff are very knowledgeable and can answer most questions you have about the items on display. I think the New York mob museum might have more pieces though - this one was more interactive / explanatory.
The first floor is more recent and deals with modern crime, such as human trafficking and animal exploitation. They’re also finishing up an exhibit which takes you into life as a police officer dealing with an armed criminal, includes situations such as a bank heist or kidnapping. They have retired policemen and women to take you through and help you think through these situations. I hope to come back soon to try it out.
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Ross Soileau
· February 13, 2018
I really liked it. I loved all the displayed of items from yester year. I only have it 3 stars because I think they need to do a better job at staggering their start times. They had way too many peopl...e on the tour. At times it was hard to move around in there. I’ll be honest I skipped over a lot of things I would have taken the time to see otherwise because I either couldn’t get to them or the line sort of pushed me on before I could see it. It was disappointing because after paying to park and paying for the ticket I spend over $30 and didn't really get to enjoy the full experience so it kinda felt like a $10 tour lol. See More
Mindy Poe
· February 9, 2018
My husband and I had a great time. There is lots of information so be prepared to spend 1-2 hours there. We also got to check out a new exhibit opening next week for free. It stimulates what a real po...lice officer experiences in the line of duty. That was a neat experience, because you get to play the cop and make quick decisions on what to do in situations. Overall it was a great experience and would recommend it to anyone. See More
Rick Witty
· February 19, 2018
Great place for the history buff or the inquisitive. We did the Use of Force training and it will give you a new respect for our brothers and sisters in Blue that protect us everyday. Learn how things... can change in a split second, and it my change your opinion the next time you're quick to judge. A great experience! See More
Mary Nehl
· February 19, 2018
I loved this place! I normally don't write reviews about things, but this place was so good it was worth writing about. They just opened the law enforcement experience and the crime lab; Amazing! Shan...non at the crime lab was awesome and definitely knew her stuff! Albert at the law enforcement experience was so kind and walked me through it with ease. Totally worth it! See More
Heather Owens
· February 7, 2018
Great museum full of information. Enjoyed the objects after dark. I had the opportunity to try the new police simulation experience opening soon. It was truly eye opening and taught me about myself an...d how fast police must make decisions. The staff was great preparing me for the experience and the officer was helpful and so supportive, his humor really helped me overcome my nerves. Check this experience out! See More
Mike Parker
· February 21, 2018
It was great to visit some of my friends there! I remember when I first visited LV and it was run by guys who could make you an offer you couldn't refuse! Now there are few of those, just dressed and well inculcated in the affairs of the city.. See More
Kaysie Williams
· February 15, 2018
Thank you for allowing locals to visit for free on Valentine's Day. We enjoyed reading about and learning more about the mafia and Las Vegas history. There are some great collections of memorabilia an...d the videos playing are very informative. The first floor is no longer under renovation, for those that were concerned about that. See More
Michelle Reaben Smallhorn
· March 6, 2018
Great experience! Lots of great info and great prices! Had an awesome time! If you have the money the crime lab and the use of force experiences are very of the guys said my hubby ...scared him-that he’d be great in law enforcement! LOL See More
Shane Wannamaker
· February 24, 2018
What a great museum. So much to see and read about the history of organized crime and legal enforcement. Plan on being there at least 3hrs maybe more. It’s a small building, gets cramped early in the ...morning, I’d suggest going just after lunch. Great discounts for Military, Law Endorcement, and Teachers! It’s a must do for anyone going to Las Vegas. See More
Elvis Noel Hernandez
· February 16, 2018
Its was an amazing experience The Mob Museum
On the outside it seem like a federal building,
A federal court,...
on the inside it's an awesome museum with interesting display,artifacts and much more.
I've got to say they did an excellent job.
I am so interested in the mob and I am so glad they made the Mob Museum for people who are interested in the Mob too and I hope they never take it down.
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Daniel Wessel
· February 20, 2018
Great place for the money! Just did the regular tour, saved $2 by booking online. Lots to see and do, probably need a good 2 1/2 to 3 hours to see it all! Would definitely recommend it!
Joseph L Murphy
· March 12, 2018
Phenomenal experience! The Use of Force experience puts you right in the middle of situations that law enforcement officers face everyday! The Crime Lab is not to be missed. Great history of organi...zed crime up to the current day! I give it my highest endorsement! See More
Tracy Breaux
· February 15, 2018
I like the awesomely old Post office building they put this museum in, the displays and interactive props are great, and I love talking with the older employees there that have interesting stories to ...tell about the mob days in Vegas!! See More
Laura Warner Coates
· February 2, 2018
Went with friend from out of town today, whole 1st floor closed for renovations and never were informed until after paying full-price. The museum itself is nice but too bad they are so dishonest.
Neil Rosenberger
· February 17, 2018
A must-see if you have any interest in the historical significance of organized crime in North America! Kudos to the City of Las Vegas for its on going commitment to developing, maintaining and contin...uous development of this outstanding venue! See More
Barbara Ferrer
· February 19, 2018
As both a bonafide museum nerd as well as a student in a Professional Museum Certificate Program at University of Washington, I have to say this is one of the best museums I've ever visited. My and I had the best time and were so glad to have made this our Las Vegas museum stop. See More
Sara Ayala Corzo
· February 26, 2018
My whole reason for going to Las Vegas 🎲 was to visit the Mob Museum, the experience was amazing!!! All the information and the tactical training was unforgettable!!! This Museum is MUST when in Las V...egas!! I will definitely be back for round 2 🤑😎🎰♥️👌🏼👍🏼✌🏽👮‍♀️🕵🏽‍♂️👩🏼‍⚖️ See More
Andy Knotts
· March 12, 2018
Lots of information. Very cool place. Only downside is they should control the traffic through the building better. A lot of reading and hard to do with people everywhere. Found it hard to take photos... as well due to overcrowding. Would go again but plan on spending a FULL day there in order to get the entire experience. See More
Elisa Ramirez
· February 15, 2018
Visited twice the morning I went by myself & again in the afternoon with my 10yo daughter and hubby.....had a great time both times and so did my family!!

The wait is over. Our new first floor exhibits and experiences (Organized Crime Today, Use of Force Training and Crime Lab) are now open. Here’s a sneak preview of our new additions to hold you over until your visit. 😉

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Sometimes the most valuable police work happens in a laboratory.

One of The Mob Museum’s newest additions - the Crime Lab Experience is a hands-on, multimedia exhibit that explores the work of crime scene investigators, ballistics experts and other forensics professionals who play critical roles in determining why certain crimes are committed.

Here is what our guests had to say about their Crime Lab visit.

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day - classic Vegas style. 🍀

The Fitzgerald's casino in 1990, formerly located on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

📸 Vintage Las Vegas:

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Each month, The Mob Museum partners with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and other local agencies to host Community Safety Forums – free public programs on issues that affect Southern Nevada.

This Sunday, we’ll host our third annual Active Shooter Preparedness program. Learn how to respond when there’s an active shooter and what you can do to protect yourself. Guests will leave with a clearer understanding of law enforcement protocol and the profile of an active shooter.

Free admission into The Mob Museum follows the event for those attending. Sponsored by NV Energy

Each month, The Mob Museum partners with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and other local agencies to host Community...

A lightning strike above Fremont Street in 1959.

📸 Vintage Las Vegas:

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Tomorrow: author Scott Deitche will cover New Jersey’s rich Mob history and current organized crime connections during a special Wiseguy Speaker Series presentation, “Garden State Gangland.”

Find out the real story behind the TV Series “Boardwalk Empire,” Frank Sinatra’s alleged ties with New Jersey gangsters, who inspired “The Sopranos” and much more.

The Garden State has a colorful history as home to some of the most powerful mobsters and gangs in organized crime, like Willie Moretti, Phillip Testa, Gerardo Catena, and the DeCavalcante family. Scott Deitche is an organized crime historian with roots in that history. His grandfather, Jay Deitche,...

Although extremely powerful, Santo Trafficante Jr. was often described as quiet and reserved. He was married to his wife for nearly a half century. They lived in modest houses in quiet neighborhoods in Florida. He dressed nicely but not over the top, and his choice of cars was never flashy.

In many ways, Trafficante Jr. represented the classic, old-school Mob boss.

Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. had just finished dinner with his wife and children at his father-in-law’s house in Tampa, Florida. He walked outside and got into a 1951 Mercury sedan driven by one of his associates. The men started to drive away when another sedan drove past the Mercury,...

Prohibition made it illegal to brew beer or distill liquor, so America’s unquenched thirst for alcohol demanded an underworld solution.

In just over a month, The Mob Museum will revisit this bygone era through its latest exhibition: The Underground. Complete with a working speakeasy and distillery, The Underground will contain informative and entertaining exhibits, videos and artifacts that tell the story of the Roaring Twenties, the Mob and the federal authorities that worked to stop them.

Take the basement stairs back in time and immerse yourself in The Underground. Wind your way through a perfect, Prohibition-era world. Surrounded by artifacts from the 1920s, experience Prohibition-era cocktails in our speakeasy and tour our on-site distillery for a taste of the past.

Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano may be considered one of the underworld’s most controversial figures. His testimony against John Gotti is credited with putting the former Gambino boss behind bars. While on trial, Gravano confessed to committing 19 murders.

After a 2002 conviction for drug trafficking, Gravano was sentenced to prison - where he remained until 2017.

The Brooklyn-born Gravano still faces parole for the rest of his life – likely spent in an undisclosed location. It’s a drastic change from his first go-round as a defendant. Back then, after agreeing to testify against his boss and dozens of other Mafia stalwarts, he received a sweetheart deal ...

The 1930s were a tumultuous time in the Tampa underworld. Dubbed the “Era of Blood” by local journalists, the sound of shotgun blasts was a common occurrence as competing gangs vied for control of lucrative rackets - including illegal gambling.

One well-liked gambling house proprietor in Tampa, Evaristo “Tito” Rubio operated the El Dorado. Known throughout Tampa’s Cuban community, Rubio was a dapper dresser and contributor to charitable causes. Rubio ran some of the city’s more successful gambling businesses.

In March 1938, Rubio returned to his residence just west of Ybor City where he was greeted by an unwelcome visitor.

About 5 a.m. on March 9, 1938, Rubio and his new bodyguard, Lew Feldman, pulled up to Rubio’s house just west of Ybor City after a night at the El Dorado. Feldman pulled into the driveway facing the side of the house. Rubio got out of the car and walked upstairs to the short porch, illuminated by ...

In case you missed it - "The Sopranos" are back. A prequel movie is in the works from the series' creator David Chase. Via Variety

“The Sopranos” is getting the big-screen treatment. New Line is developing a movie prequel, currently titled “The Many Saints of Newark,” penned by David Chase. Chase, who c…

Throwing it back to the original MGM Grand Hotel (now Bally’s). Circa late 1970s.

📸 UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives

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Would you be able to correctly piece together the 206 bones that make up the human body? A skilled forensic anthropologist can reconstruct a skeleton in about fifteen minutes. 💀

Forensic anthropologists study human skeletal remains to determine their identity. Wear on bones helps to establish age. The size and shape of the skull and pelvis help determine sex. The length of the femur, or thigh bone, helps determine height. Bones can also show forensic anthropologists how a person died. Gunshot wounds and other trauma can be seen in skeletal remains. Even diseases as wide ranging as tuberculosis, cancer and syphilis leave marks on the skeleton.

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Once outlawed, gambling was re-legalized in Nevada this month in 1931. State government hoped legal gaming would be Nevada’s way out of the Great Depression.

It proved to be a huge success – setting the framework for Las Vegas’ rise as the gaming capital of the world. 🎲

📸: Las Vegas Sun

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Have you ever wondered who smuggled liquor into the United States during Prohibition? Rum runners operated across the country, illegally importing spirits from around the world.

In Los Angeles, Tony “the Hat” Cornero used a fleet of shrimp boats to smuggle Canadian liquor into Southern California. Smuggling made him a millionaire. It also made him a target for Los Angeles law enforcement. When they caught up to him, he reportedly said he was only trying to “keep 120 million people from being poisoned to death” with homemade moonshine.

After Prohibition, Cornero operated illegal gambling boats off the Southern California coast. He also invested in a handful of Las Vegas casinos, including the Stardust.

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On this day in 1944, Mob boss Louis "Lepke" Buchalter was executed at Sing Sing Prison.

As the head of the hit squad “Murder Inc.,” Buchalter worked alongside Albert Anastasia to ensure contract killings for the Mob were carried out.

He was found guilty on murder charges in the early 1940s and sentenced to death via electric chair – the only Mob boss in U.S. history to receive this punishment.

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