A TOUR OF THE LAS VEGAS MOB MUSEUM
By Chet Yarbrough
This is the first week of the MOB museum opening in Las Vegas Nevada; the clean smell of the building contrasts with the blood stain stench that visited early Las Vegas, Chicago, New York (circa 1920-1950) and other rising metropolitan areas. The museum exhibits are in a beautiful $42 million dollar renovation of a Federal Post Office, two blocks from the Fremont Experience (300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas 89101).
The MOB museum is a fine addition to the new face of Nevada’s oasis in the desert. As those who have read earlier Las Vegas’ posts will know, the MOB museum is in old Las Vegas rather than the Strip.
View Larger Map The museum’s official name is the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement. It is located in the former federal courthouse (subsequently a Federal Post Office) where U.S.
Senator Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, conducted one of the 14 nationwide hearings on organized crime.
The organization of the museum is excellent and the self-guided tour is perfectly organized by a helpful staff. After purchasing a ticket ($10 to $18 per person) visitors are pointed toward an elevator to the 3rd floor with an invitation to follow signs, review videos, and bathe senses in the rise and fall of organized crime. The 3rd floor is the beginning of organized crime’s story. The second floor is about growth of a peaking crime wave followed by a first floor that shows the crime wave’s collapse.The story of the MOB is succinctly told by the museum and reflected in the following youtube video:
The museum is nicely outfitted with exhibits of guns, pictures, videos, an interactive shooting gallery and numerous resting points for fatigued visitors or absorbed students of the gangster era. A lot of Las Vegas history, as well as the history of organized crime, are packed into these three floors. It is not a pretty story but it is a pretty presentation; not to be missed as a tourist or as a Las Vegas Valley local.