Step inside the Mob Museum

Take a photographic tour of the Las Vegas Mob Museum courtesy of two Appalachian State University grads who live and breathe mob history.
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    The actual wall that caught the bullets from Chicago’s 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre was reconstructed brick by brick in the museum.

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    Mob Museum Education Manager Diana Rafferty ’11 explained exhibits like this encourage visitors to think through moral decisions and consequences.

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    The making of a mobster – common characteristics and habits.

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    It’s all about the money.

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    The actual wall that caught the bullets from Chicago’s 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre was reconstructed brick by brick in the museum.

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    Curator of Collections Carolyn Fisher ’07 inventories every item in the museum – from old photographs to the Thompson “Tommy” submachine gun, the firearm that led to the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934.

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    This Roaring ’20s exhibit is appropriately framed by whiskey kegs and bottles, the prohibition of which encouraged and expanded mob activity.

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    Take a chair! This exhibit of the electric chair that saw off Louis Lepke, the richest man to die, is interactive.

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    This historic courtroom is a centerpiece of the Mob Museum. It was the location of the famed Kefauver hearings (1950-51) that exposed organized crime.

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    El Chapo’s great escape exhibit is on display until August at the museum and includes an architectural model of the Mexican prison and tunnels tracing El Chapo’s escape route.

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    New York crime boss John Gotti often wore this white suit to court hearings.

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    Actor Joe Pesci’s torso from Director Martin Scorsese’s movie “Casino” with other gangster movie memorabilia.

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Related links

  • The Mob Museum - The Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a history museum located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • RICO Law - RICO law refers to the prosecution and defense of individuals who engage in organized crime. In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in an effort to combat Mafia groups.

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