Compliments to the Las Vegas City Planning and Redevelopment Department for all their efforts (and funding!) to revitalize the treasure trove that is classic Sin City with establishments such as the Mob Museum. Be prepared for a criminally good time at this educational and entertaining mecca of all things Mob. This museum is chock full of historical artifacts, video clips, evidence, and weapons that bring to life the dark underworld past of Las Vegas. Housed in the beautiful and historic Las Vegas Federal Courthouse and Post Office building (1933), this is an incredibly well preserved building.
You get to be a part of a line up, (remember to have someone take your picture!), watch a movie clip on the St. Valentine’s Day massacre which is played on a screen that when retracted reveals a section of THE ACTUAL BRICK WALL, sit IN the SAME courtroom as the infamous Kefauver trials, shoot a gun at an oncoming perp, blast away on a machine gun just to name a few of the interactive learning tools.
Insider tip: Due to graphic nature and mature themes, it might be best to leave the kiddies with a babysitter. No need to traumatize them nor distract other patrons with crying children and double-wide strollers.
But one thing is for sure, this museum is INCREDIBLY FASCINATING and you will want to spend hours here reading and learning about the Mob, its key players and Law Enforcement’s achievements and struggles in the fight against organized crime.
In fact, as long as you keep your wristband on, you are allowed (and even encouraged) to leave and take a break and come back for more! So I did just that! I stepped out and strolled up and down Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, checking out the shops, restaurants, casinos, Container Park and even the giant fire shooting preying mantis. Mind boggling! Then came back refreshed and ready for more Mafia 101! I was so completely impressed by this museum, its contents, layout and friendly employees, I ended up spending over 3 1/2 hours there and bought a membership! Of course I had to stop by the gift shop and pick up a few magnets, handcuffs, books and DVDs to share with friends and spread the word about this outta sight museum. With a convenient location just off Fremont Street and effortless low cost parking, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from visiting the Mob Museum on your next journey to Las Vegas.