Research Team: Stacey Foster, Michelle Frese, Justin Freeman, Cassie Hitchcock, Joey Thomas
Mobsters, the lifeblood of America between Probation (1920’s) to about the 1950’s. While most of the Mob now is gone, their memory and their legacy lives on in the Mob Museum at 300 Stewart Ave in Las Vegas. We at Circles Magazine got the chance to go there to take a tour and to do an interview.
We got to do an interview with Felicia, who is the Director of Guest Services at the Mob Museum, and ask a couple of questions:
How did the Mob Museum start?
A number of people had a hand to the start of the Mob Museum, the biggest was Former Mayor of Las Vegas and Mob Defense Attorney, Oscar Goodman.
How many people do you have working here?
120 full time employees and we have about that many part time workers as well. That number of part time workers does not include volunteers.
How many tours do you ‘run’ on a daily basis?
The tours are predominant self-guided.
How long has the Mob Museum been in Las Vegas?
February 14th, 2012; because that was the date of a pretty big Mob event that happened, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967).
What was this building before it became a museum?
A Courthouse and a Post Office
How many exhibits do you have?
Four (4) Floor exhibits and many things that are not on display in storage as well as in schools and some community centers.
Have any of the Items been use in a court of Law?
Yes, Al Capone’s gun is on the 3rd floor on loan from the IRS Criminal investigation unit, Two (2) Tommy Guns (or Thompson Submachine Guns) from the Valentine’s Day Massacre. They are periodicity on display and hand cuffs on the 2nd floor.
What is your favorite exhibit?
A special place in my heart is for the Crime Lab and Firearm Training simulator.
After our interview with Felicia, we had the chance to tour the Mob Museum for ourselves. We were amazed with the amount of history that the Museum had to offer. From seeing the Revolver that Al Capone used to having one of us being electrocuted (not actually). It was a fun tour for us. So the next time you want to find out about the Mob, go to the Mob Museum!
P.S.: The hours for the Mob Museum is open every day at 9:00 AM to 9:00PM; tickets start at $26.95 but it includes a Las Vegas all exclusive pass. Also there is limited Parking for the Mob Museum on site and there is a $7.00 fee for parking.
P.S.S.: Thank you Felicia, and the rest of the Mob Museum, for the interview and allowing us to tour the Museum. It was a fun experience for us!