The Mob Museum, officially known as National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is located in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was built in the former post office and federal courthouse that the feds sold to the city for $1 with the stipulation that it must be restored and used for cultural purposes.
The mayor, at the time, was Oscar Goodman who had been a Mob defense lawyer. He came up with the museum idea in 2002. $26 million went into restoring the building and another $24 went into the museum. So it cost $50, 000,001.
The museum opened February 14, 2012. Exhibits in the museum include the second floor courtroom, the location of one of fourteen national Kefauver Committee hearings to expose organized crime held in 1950 and 1951.
Others are the brick wall where the St. Valentine’s Massacre took place, a film on organized crime, and Mob photos with captions explaining their significance. There are also images of all the actors who portrayed well-known Mobsters in movies or series.
A lot of the displays are interactive and of course there is a gift shop. In the basement is a fully operational speakeasy and distillery. There you’ll find the history of the Prohibition era as well as the bootleggers, rumrunners, and moonshiners.
The museum is open 9am to 9pm everyday. All the information about seeing this site is located at themobmuseum.org.