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The Mob Museum

Roxie Jekosz reacts after firing a machine gun at the Guns and Ammo Garage Oct. 25, 2012.
Firing range teams with Mob Museum for new experience
Dec. 8, 2012
Mark Cole greets visitors to his Guns and Ammo Garage, a shooting range where they can travel back to a world of Prohibition-era weapons by firing the classics in a full mob-related experience.
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman holds a bottle of Old Tom Gin during at an event at the Mob Museum Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 to publicize a party being held later that evening to mark the end of prohibition. The bottle was found inside the walls when the old federal courthouse was converted into the Mob Museum.
Las Vegas celebrates 79th anniversary of 'Repeal Day'
Dec. 5, 2012
When the country outlawed alcohol in 1920, millions of Americans turned to a clandestine network of speakeasies and bootleggers in search of a stiff drink.

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G. Robert Blakey speaks about the President John F. Kennedy assassination in a video being played at the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
On anniversary of JFK assassination, investigator looks back
Nov. 22, 2012
Forty-nine years ago today, on Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. The assassination and subsequent slaying of shooter Lee Harvey Oswald shocked the country.

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G. Robert Blakey speaks in the courtroom at the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
Mob Museum marks anniversary of hearings that introduced much of the U.S. to organized crime
Nov. 15, 2012
On Nov. 15, 1950 — 62 years ago to the day — the Kefauver committee stopped in Las Vegas for one of its several hearings exploring organized crime in America.

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The Mob Museum is shown before the grand opening in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday February 14, 2012. The building, a former federal courthouse and post office, was completed in 1933 and is listed on the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places. It is also one of 14 sites in the nation that hosted the 1950-51 U.S. Senate Special Committees to investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, also known as the Kefauver hearings.
Las Vegas Mob Museum sees its 100,000th visitor
Oct. 2, 2012
The Las Vegas Mob Museum recently recorded its 100,000th visitor and is on track to reach 200,000 by the end of the year, Executive Director Jonathan Ullman said.

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Candice Rodriguez and Sergio Tamez listen to virtual guide James Caan during a preview of the Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
Attorneys use ruling from 1601 in fight about mob artifacts
Sept. 17, 2012
Attorneys for the opposition to Las Vegas Mob Experience developer Jay Bloom are using an English court ruling from centuries ago to try to disprove what they call nonsensical and fraudulent legal claims he has made in a case about mob artifacts.
Salvatore Polisi presents his one-man show "At the Sinatra Club" at the Clark County Library Theater.
Former mobster goes from robbing to writing
July 22, 2012
It all began with the Hershey’s kisses. As a young boy, Salvatore “Sal” Polisi would steal pieces of chocolate for his sister. As he grew older, he graduated to stealing cars, robbing banks and running gambling operations.

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Jay Bloom, left, managing partner of Murder Inc., listens to Meyer Lansky II, grandson of organized crime figure Meyer Lansky, during a news conference at The Mob Experience preview center at the Tropicana on Aug. 2, 2010.
Disputes heat up over Mob Attraction artifacts
April 26, 2012
Guns. Knives. Brass knuckles. Decades after they were used as tools in deadly games of profit and control, pieces of the nation’s mobster past are once again involved in a heated dispute — this time in court.
Nine family-friendly spring break activities in and around Las Vegas
April 3, 2012
School’s out in Las Vegas, at least for the week. With spring break in full effect, students and families may have some extra free time on their hands this week.

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Tom Zaller, new manager of the Mob Attraction Las Vegas at the Tropicana, inside the museum on Thursday, March 1, 2012.
Tropicana mob exhibit consultant: 'Nobody has an attraction like this'
March 5, 2012
Can the Mob Attraction Las Vegas — previously known as the Mob Experience — compete with the newly opened Mob Museum? That's one of the questions we posed to Tom Zaller, consultant for the Tropicana attraction, during a recent interview.
Vegas friends remember former mob prosecutor, casino exec Dennis Gomes
Feb. 24, 2012
He may have spent the latter part of his career in Atlantic City, but Dennis Gomes will always be remembered as a true “only-in-Las Vegas”-type character.
'Face to Face' poll: Is downtown redevelopment worth the cost?
Feb. 23, 2012
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will be on "Face to Face With Jon Ralston" tonight to talk about the Mob Museum, City Hall and the open seat on the City Council.

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Members of the San Diego Police Museum Association arrive in a 1932 "paddy wagon" during the grand opening of The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Tuesday February 14, 2012. The museum, in a former federal courthouse and post office, is one of 14 sites in the nation that hosted the 1950-51 U.S. Senate Special Committees to investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, also known as the Kefauver hearings.
New York Times review: In Mob Museum, Las Vegas embraces its bad guys of old
Feb. 21, 2012
And now, here in a city where such figures were once as comfortably in their element as Zeus and his family on Olympus, they are finally getting ...
Goodfellas gallery: The Mob Museum puts organized crime in perspective.
Deconstructing the good old days on display at the Mob Museum
Feb. 15, 2012
Sun columnist J. Patrick Coolican examines the "things were better when the Mob ran this town" argument.
Members of the San Diego Police Museum Association pose on a 1928 Ford Model A before the Mob Museum's grand opening in downtown Las Vegas, Tuesday February 14, 2012. The building, a former federal courthouse and post office, was completed in 1933 and is listed on the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places. It is also one of 14 sites in the nation that hosted the 1950-51 U.S. Senate Special Committees to investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, also known as the Kefauver hearings.
Vegas opens museum to examine its mobbed-up past
Feb. 15, 2012
Visitors doing time inside the newly opened Mob Museum were in no rush to escape and a few even relaxed — in an electric chair. “I had fun with the machine gun,” said Valerie Landau of Las Vegas.

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