Tickets are now on sale to the public for The Mob Museum opening on Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2012 – in downtown Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased via The Museum’s new website at www.themobmuseum.org.
Admission is $18 plus tax for adults ages 18 and over; $12 plus tax for children ages 5 to 17 and students ages 18 to 23 with ID; $14 plus tax for seniors, military, law enforcement and teachers; and $10 plus tax for Nevada residents of all ages.
A world-class destination, The Mob Museum uncovers the real-life battle between the Mob and the Feds by presenting both sides of this ongoing story. The Museum presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. With tales so intriguing they need no embellishment, The Museum reveals true stories brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits and multi-sensory experiences. The Mob Museum puts the visitor in the middle of the action through high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive, themed environments.
The Museum’s signature artifacts include the St. Valentine’s Day Wall, where in Chicago on February 14, 1929, seven men affiliated with the Morgan gang were murdered by the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone. Another high profile artifact is the barber chair where Albert Anastasia was sitting when he was murdered in New York City on October 25, 1957. Anastasia – aka “Lord High Executioner” –was then boss of the Gambino crime family, which operated a gang of hit men and contract killers known as Murder, Inc.
Artifacts belonging to Alphonse Capone, Dion O’Bannion, George Moran, Charlie Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Ben Siegel, Sam Giancana, Joe Bonanno, Frank Rosenthal, Mickey Cohen, Tony Cornero and Tony Spilotro , are among the hundreds of other unique and rare items that will add considerable interest. “The names read like a who’s who in the annals of the mob,” said Dr. Dennis Barrie, creative director for the Museum. “We are actively working with a number of mob families and collectors of mob memorabilia to ensure our collection is comprehensive, compelling and dynamic,” he said.
Guns, weapons, customized jewelry, personal belongings and a hundreds of photographs are among the many other artifacts housed within The Museum. Yet, it’s the Museum’s interactive and highly experiential exhibits that will best help bring to life the fascinating stories of organized crime and those who fought it, according to Jonathan Ullman, executive director of The Mob Museum. “These captivating stories are brought to life through interactive touch screens and unique ways to interact with law enforcement and the impact of organized crime,” he said.
Visitors can shoot a simulated tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes on wiretapping equipment and take part in FBI weapons training. They will hear actual incriminating evidentiary wiretaps and learn the meaning of what is being said and decoded. Visitors will even have the opportunity to experience a fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS) used by law enforcement agencies at every level.
The 41,000-square-foot Mob Museum includes approximately 17,000 square feet of exhibition space on three floors in addition to a specialty retail store, special event areas, educational areas and office space. Museum hours, though subject to change, are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m.
About The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the mob’s impact onLas Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. With tales so intriguing they need no embellishment, The Museum reveals an insider’s look at the events and people on both sides of this continuing battle. True stories of mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits and multi-sensory experiences. The Mob Museum puts the visitor in the middle of the action through high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive, themed environments. For more information, call 702-229-2734 or visit www.themobmuseum.org. Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/themobmuseum and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum.