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The Mob Museum

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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Union: City spending too much on mob museum
May 25, 2010
The largest city employees union in Las Vegas complained today that the city was putting $11.5 million into the economic "magic beans" of the Mob Museum, when it could be using the money to save employees from losing their jobs in June.

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Three new exhibits were unveiled today for the Mob Museum, which is expected to open in the spring of 2011 at the former federal post office and courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. From left, Mayor Oscar Goodman,  Nancy Deaner, the city's manager of cultural affairs, and Dennis Barrie, the museum's creative director, take questions at a press conference at City Hall.
Downtown museum to tell story of mob in Las Vegas, elsewhere
March 25, 2010
When the Mob Museum opens next year in downtown Las Vegas, visitors will see much more than what occurred in Las Vegas from the 1940s through the 1980s, according to the future downtown museum's creative director. "I think you're all going to be very surprised about the content of this museum," says Dennis Barrie, best known as the co-creator of the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland and the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Pedestrians pass by the old courthouse and U.S. post office, the site of the Mob Museum, in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.
Mob Museum gets $220,000 grant from state commission
March 11, 2010
CARSON CITY – The conversion of the Post Office in Las Vegas to the so-called Mob Museum has received a $220,000 grant from the state Commission for Cultural Affairs.

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Dennis Barrie, creative director of the Mob Museum
Chatting with Dennis Barrie
Jan. 6, 2010
The planned mob museum has yet to receive a warm embrace from the community. Whether it's feared gimmicky content or the outrageous use of public funds to the very idea of highlighting a violent past, there's been a lot of complaining. So we decided to talk it out with Dennis Barrie, the museum's creative director. Because if anyone knows about this type of situation, it's this guy.
Dennis Barrie, creative director of the Mob Museum
Chatting with Dennis Barrie, creative director of the Mob Museum
Jan. 6, 2010
Whether it’s feared gimmicky content or the outrageous use of public funds to the very idea of highlighting a violent past, there’s been a lot of complaining about the planned mob museum.
Pedestrians pass by the old courthouse and U.S. post office, the site of the Mob Museum, in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.
Las Vegas mob museum continues to move forward
Nov. 18, 2009
The Las Vegas City Council took another step forward this morning on building a mob museum in the city's downtown. And they also heard it is still on track to be open to the public in a little more than a year in the historic federal office building and post office building at 300 Stewart. On a 6-1 vote, the council approved spending another $83,020 from the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs to continue seismic retrofit measures.

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Not yet built, mob museum may get rival
Sept. 11, 2009
A new mob war is brewing in Las Vegas. On one side, you’ve got the long-planned, $50 million downtown mob museum sponsored by the city. On the other, you’ve got three investors planning their own display at a Strip hotel.

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A museum for every crime
A museum for every crime
Aug. 13, 2009
Why stop at a mob museum? If the Mayor is right, if we can launder the city’s grubby soul into squeaky-clean tourist coin, why not capitalize on the full range of immorality Vegas offers?