Downtown Las Vegas’ Mob Museum, otherwise known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will be celebrating its 8th year in operation this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. In honor of the timely anniversary, it will be offering free admission for Nevada residents on Valentine’s Day.
Non-Nevada residents will be able to enjoy buy-one-get-one-free tickets.
Two exhibits will be on display for the holiday. The first is a complimentary car show that will include 15 different prohibition-style cars, on display from the Model A Ford Club of America and the Las Vegas Cadillac Club. They will be parked outside of the museum, with some of the vehicle owners on-site at the event.
The second exhibit is a crime scene exhibit highlighting prominent pieces of evidence from the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Food and beverage at the museum will also be discounted all day on Valentine’s Day, offering 20% off.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929 took place at the Lincoln Park garage in Chicago, during a cold Valentine’s Day morning. To this day, it remains one of the darkest memories of Mob history. Four men, who posed as police officers, busted through Bugs Moran’s headquarters on North Clark Street.
Seven of Moran’s members and associates were then lined against the infamous brick wall and shot to death by the posed police officers, who are allegedly believed to be associated with Al Capone’s gang.
In 1967, a Vancouver businessman bought the bricks from the wall where the shooting occurred, with some of the bricks still having bullet holes in them from the massacre. For a little over the next 40 years, the bricks were apart of a traveling exhibit.
They found their temporary homes in a crime museum and even a nightclub restroom, before eventually finding a permanent home at the Mob Museum.
About the Las Vegas Mob Museum
First opening in downtown Las Vegas on February 14, 2012, the Mob Museum is an interactive storehouse featuring the artifacts, narratives, and thorough history of organized crime in the United States. It features narratives from both sides, the mob members who committed the crimes, and law enforcement who worked to prevent the crimes.
The museum’s location used to be home to the former Las Vegas post Office and Courthouse. Which was registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum features three interactive floors, offering signature insight and displays into the history of organized crime. The museum also houses the “Underground,” in their basement floor, which, according to their website, is:
“An immersive Prohibition history exhibit space featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum. Surrounded by artifacts from the 1920s, experience Prohibition-era craft cocktails in our speakeasy and tour our on-site distillery for a taste of the past.”