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Mob Museum

Get a glimpse into the underworld of Las Vegas’s gangster past at this unusual museum.

The Mob Museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, uses interactive displays, memorabilia and original artifacts to provide insights into the lives of famous mafia players like Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, Bugsy Siegel and John Gotti. The museum examines the roles of these historic Vegas figures in turning a small desert town into the gaming capital of the world. You’ll also get great insights into the wider impact of the Mob across the United States. 

A newer addition to downtown Vegas, the 41,000-square-foot (3,809-square-meter) museum opened on Feb. 14, 2012. Not coincidentally, that was the 83rd anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago, when tensions between Al Capone and Bugs Moran’s rival gangs came to a bloody end. Although the original site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is now home to a parking lot for a nearby nursing home, much of the bullet-riddled wall was salvaged and reassembled. Today, it’s one of the museum’s signature exhibits.  

The building that houses the museum also has a place in Vegas’s mob history. A former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office, this building is one of the few remaining historically significant places in Las Vegas. It’s famous for being the courtroom where one of the 14 national Kefauver Committee hearings — devoted to investigating organized crime in America — was held in 1950. 

The museum provides a fascinating history of police and citizen efforts to eliminate mob activity. You’ll learn about wiretaps and other technology, used by investigators in the 1940s and ’50s to record gangster conversations through an interactive display. Enter the world of FBI action and listen to original surveillance recordings, or take a crash course in weapons training. 

The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas next to the Fremont Experience. There’s limited free parking, so it’s best to take a bus or taxi if you’re not staying close enough to walk. The museum is open to all ages, but an adult must accompany children under 14. Some exhibits include graphic imagery, including crime scene photos and a large collection of weapons.


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Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino CA $61
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Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

129 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Downtown Grand Las Vegas CA $39
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    Downtown Grand Las Vegas

    206 North 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower, BW Premier Collection CA $28
      Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower, BW Premier Collection

      Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower, BW Premier Collection

      2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Four Queens Hotel and Casino (No Resort Fee) CA $65
        Four Queens Hotel and Casino (No Resort Fee)

        Four Queens Hotel and Casino (No Resort Fee)

        202 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden Nugget Casino and Fremont Street Experience. Mob Museum and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Plaza Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas CA $60
          Plaza Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas

          Plaza Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas

          1 Main Street, Las Vegas, NV
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            El Cortez Hotel and Casino CA $43
            El Cortez Hotel and Casino

            El Cortez Hotel and Casino

            600 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Fremont Hotel & Casino CA $42
              Fremont Hotel & Casino

              Fremont Hotel & Casino

              200 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden Nugget Casino and Mob Museum. Fremont Street Experience and Neon Museum are also within 15 minutes.

                Oasis at Gold Spike CA $26
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                Oasis at Gold Spike

                217 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas, NV
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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