The Mob Museum Vegas is another of Downtown Las Vegas’ hidden gems. Sitting on the corner at 300 E. Stewart, it’s an attraction you can’t miss. If I had my guess, I would say it was an old federal building but I was told that it was a post office at one time. Well, maybe that’s where I am getting that government feeling from. It is also listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Approaching the statue, I was already feeling myself transform into a mob figure; from what I read about the museum prior to the visit.
Taking this trip to the Museum was something I first thought would be a depiction of Vegas Mob times, maybe or maybe not resembling the true telling of the times. However, once I got there and began the tour; it was hard to blink. I didn’t want to miss anything although it was all standing still. I was in awe from the moment I walked in and began reading the mob’s historical moments from wall to wall. The museum brandished both sides of the opprobrious strife between organized crime and law enforcement
As I continued to walk through the Museum, I found myself in a time not so long ago. The Era where mobs and gangstas ruled the streets and America was under siege. An era where Mobster Frank Costello testified before the Kefauver Committee.
The focal point of the Mob Museum is the second floor courtroom, which was the location of one of fourteen national Kefauver Committee hearings to expose organized crime held in 1950 and 1951. Many of the Kefauver Committee's hearings were aimed at proving that an Italian–Sicilian organization based on strong family ties centrally controlled a vast organized crime conspiracy in the United States, but the committee never came close to justifying such a claim. Rather, the committee uncovered extensive evidence that people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and even religions operated locally controlled, loosely organized crime syndicates at the local level. The Museum also acquired the blood-stained wall where the St. Valentine's Day massacre took place.
Throughout the museum, simulations were on display where you could literally put on the shoes of the times. Background voices of the time spoke throughout the museum giving authentic measures of events. I learned about the Mob’s biggest players including Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti as well as how law enforcement emerged and matured to catch the cold-blooded criminals.
“They had to arm themselves better, adopt fresh new technologies and devise new prosecution tactics. Working together across the country, and supported by incorruptible figures in government, the law was eventually able to turn the tables on the Mob.” (The mobmuseum.com)
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada and opened February 14th, 2012.I would love to tell you more, but pictures are worth a thousand words. Enjoy the slide show and visit www.mobmuseum .com for more information.