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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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Photographers and reporters gather near Frenchman Flat to observe the Priscilla nuclear test, June 24, 1957. During the 1950s, the spectacle of nuclear testing attracted curious members of the public from all over the country. Today, the nuclear testing era is documented and remembered at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.
Mob, neon, nukes: Las Vegas museums capture unique history
Jan. 16, 2012
While the Neon Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement and the National Atomic Testing Museum will never be mistaken for the Louvre, all three will be home to significant happenings in 2012.
Mayor Oscar Goodman touches the arm of the Mob Museum's most recent acquisition, the barber chair that Albert Anastasia was murdered in Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
Mob Museum to offer discounted tickets for Nevada residents
Nov. 3, 2011
The downtown Mob Museum announced today it will offer discounted rates to Nevada residents when it open its doors Feb. 14.

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Las Vegas secures $5.5 million for Mob Museum construction
Sept. 7, 2011
About $10.6 million in historic tax credit equity — including $5.5 for construction costs — is expected to be brought in over the next five years to help pay for the $42 million Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas.

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Tourism officials updated on progress of Mob Museum
Oct. 13, 2010
What a difference 20 years makes. In October 1990, Dennis Barrie was battling an indictment for pandering obscenity as director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati over his display of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s “The Perfect Moment.”

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The Las Vegas City Council received about $15,000 more Wednesday for rehabilitation work to continue on the former federal courthouse and post office that will be the home of the Las Vegas Organized Crime and Law Enforcement Museum, known as the Mob Museum, at 300 Stewart Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. The museum is expected to be open in May or June of 2011.
Mob museum gets about $15,000 more from state
Oct. 6, 2010
The Las Vegas City Council accepted another grant today that will go toward creating the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas.

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State pulls historic preservation grants to projects, including Mob Museum
Sept. 21, 2010
CARSON CITY – The so-called Mob Museum won't be getting a grant it was counting on because of the state’s budget crisis.

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Remediation work was continuing today on the former federal courthouse and post office that will be the home of the Las Vegas Organized Crime and Law Enforcement Museum, known as the Mob Museum, at 300 Stewart Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. The Las Vegas City Council today approved $7.1 million for fabrication and installation of more than 30 video and interactive exhibits for the museum, set to open in May or June 2011.
City approves $7.1 million for mob museum exhibits
July 7, 2010
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved $7.1 million for the exhibits that will go into the downtown mob museum, which is expected to be open in less than a year.

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