Las Vegas has one of the most interesting histories of any city in the country. The history of Sin City is peppered with famous mobsters and stories stranger than fiction. The Las Vegas of today is much different from the one envisioned by Bugsy Siegel when he first opened the original Flamingo Hotel in 1946. When in Las Vegas, you can get a taste of what the town used to be when it was ruled by the mafia by visiting the Mob Museum.
The Mob Museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, focuses on educating the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society. Considering its location and subject matter, The Mob Museum is not your typical museum. From a speakeasy, to a distillery, and an interactive crime lab, here’s what to expect when visiting The Mob Museum.
Activities and Exhibits at The Mob Museum
Located in downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum offers deluxe, premier, and general admission tickets. Nevada residents receive a special discounted price on each type of ticket. For the ultimate experience, the premier ticket offers general admission and access to all museum exhibits as well as to two of the museum’s interactive experiences, like Crime Lab, The Underground, and the Firearm Training Simulator. Note that these activities have age limits.
Crime Lab is an interactive exhibit that explores the daily life of a forensic scientist. During the exhibit, guests can participate in different forensic activities like fingerprinting and medical examination. This experience is available to guests age 11 and older. After a visit to the Crime Lab, guests can participate in simulated police firearms training at The Firearm Training Simulator. Here, guests engage in a live action role playing adventure complete with a simulated gun and duty belt. The Firearm Training Simulator is open to guests age 13 and up. Those aged 13-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Only in Las Vegas will you find a bar and distillery inside a museum! The Underground is one of the highlights of the museum. The Underground features an immersive Prohibition history exhibit, a 1920s inspired speakeasy complete with a menu of Prohibition-style cocktails, and a tour of the distillery. Along with housing important historical artifacts in Las Vegas history, the distillery at The Mob Museum has an active distillery making moonshine and other spirits. Guests aged 21 and over can sample spirits during the tour.
Each Floor of The Mob Museum features multiple mafia-themed exhibits. Current exhibits include a portion of the church targeted in the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre, artifacts from the early days of Vegas, and organized crime today.
Book Your Visit To The Mob Museum Today!
A trip to The Mob Museum will be at the top of any mafia fan’s trip to Vegas. Spending a few hours (or the whole day) at The Mob Museum is a great way to escape from the fast-paced Strip. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a visit to this museum. Learning about the unique and colorful history of Las Vegas can help you truly appreciate the city.
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