On February 14, the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the new Mob Museum opened in Downtown Las Vegas. The highly-anticipated opening gives visitors a chance to look closely at some dark chapters of American history. Organized crime was prevalent in Las Vegas for decades, making the city a natural choice for this unusual new museum.
The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas — Photo courtesy of The Mob MuseumExhibits look into the lives of Al Capone, "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Sam Giancana, Tony Spilotro, John Gotti, and Whitey Bulger, among other well-known mobsters.
The FBI worked with the museum on its representation of undercover agents like Joe Pistone, also known as Donnie Brasco, one of the many people whose story has been told in the movies. The museum also enlisted the help of noted museum specialists to develop the exhibits. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, check out real FBI surveillance tapes, and see what FBI weapons training is like.
Artifacts on display include the wall where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place, as well as guns, jewelry, and other personal items that once belonged to infamous mobsters.
Even The Mob Museum's building is full of history. Built in 1933, it's a former federal Courthouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1950s, the Kefauver Committee hearings, which were the United States government's investigation into the shadowy world of organized crime, were held in one of its courtrooms.