It’s official name is the National Museum of Crime and Law Enforcement but that takes much too long to say.
It’s better known by it’s shorter and more well known name, The Mob Museum.
It’s located in Downtown Las Vegas and visiting it was number 11 thing to do on my bucket list .
It’s open every day until about 5:30pm or so
If you’re a senior like me , admission is about $20 , if you aren’t, you pay $25.
There’s also a discount if you happen to be from Las Vegas.
This building, on Stewart Street, used to be the Las Vegas post office.
Before that , it was the building where the trials on Mob Activities in the United States took place.
You even get to visit the actual courtroom where real mobsters and their associates were grilled by United States Senators about their illegal activities .
There’s three floors in the museum , and when you pay your fee, they advise you to start on the third floor and work your way down so that you can understand just how this all began.
Guides also give you a crash course on the history of Las Vegas .
I’m sure most of you weren’t aware that the Las Vegas Strip isn’t actually in the city of Las Vegas , Nevada, but it’s located in the city of Paradise , Nevada.
Mobsters actually were interested in the Las Vegas Strip , not so much what is now Downtown Las Vegas.
One of the most popular exhibits in the museum is part of the wall from the St, Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago.
You’ll learn the events leading up to the massacre and the reason why it happened .
There are a lot of hands on exhibits, one
of which is standing in front of one of those lineup panels just like you see in all those crime shows.
People can see you, but you can’t see them.
In the basement , there’s a replica of an actual 1920’s speakeasy .
On the walls are pictures of the stars of that era like
Duke Ellington , Josephine Baker, and early actresses like Clara Bow and Anna May Wong.
There’s also an area in this speakeasy where you can taste moonshine .
(I declined doing that, so did my friend , )
All in all , I learned so many things that I didn’t know .
If you go to Las Vegas , make the Mob Museum a stop.
This also is a part of American history.