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The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement

 

Opening in February, 2012, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement ("Mob Museum" for short) is housed in the historic United States Post Office and Court House at 300 Stewart Ave in Downtown. 

 

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The Mob Museum in Downtown--open for visitors. 

 

 

This photo is at the entrance to the Mob Museum.  The museum features three floors of photos, artifacts, information, interactive devices, and movies to tell the story of the rise of organized crime and its involvement in the evolution of Las Vegas.  The tour starts on the 3rd floor.  Visitors can experience the museum at their own pace--allow at least three hours for the tour, however, there is so much to see and experience, an entire day may be better suited.

 

 

Jay in the line-up--facing a two-way mirror--all he can see is himself, while a witness can identify him as a suspect in some crime. 

 

Jay playing "Betting on the Future"--a game about the birth and growth of Las Vegas.  (Jay got all three questions correct).

 

 

 

The touch screen mounted in the table; visitors play against three other people during the game. 

 

The courtroom in which the nation-crossing Kefauver Committee Hearings on organized crime were held during their stop in Las Vegas in the early 1950s.  The 5th Amendment was often cited by those being questioned by the committee.

 

 

 

When Howard Hughes overstayed his reservation at the Desert Inn and management wanted to throw him out, his answer was, "I'll by the place!"  Like Steve Wynn years later, Hughes left his mark on Las Vegas, buying and building properties and helping to legitimize the image of city.

 

 

Near the end of the museum tour is a short film about the mob featured in movies.  The film is shown in a theater modeled after a nightclub lounge. 

 

 

 

Construction of the Mob Museum

 

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A press release photo depicting the proposed home for the new Mob Museum. 

 

The building, which is on the National and Nevada Registers of Historic Places, was designed by James A Wetmore.  The Classical Revival building was finished in 1933.town.  

 

The Mob Museum will provide interactive and educational exhibits detailing the historical imprint that organized crime had on the city, shaping it to become a world-class entertainment mecca. 

 
  

One of the exhibits to be featured will be the actual courtroom that held the Kefauver Committee Hearings on organized crime at the beginning of the 1950s.  

 

The Mob Museum is anticipated to cost about $42 million to construct--funded through local, state and federal grants.  Exhibts will include historical artifacts, films and high-tech audio visual displays.  For more photos of the Mob Museum after it opened, click here. 

 

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