Now, visitors to The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, have a new resource to help navigate the Museum’s collection with ease. Thanks to new maps, guests who need translation services, who are on a time budget or who just want some extra guidance on the must-see exhibits and artifacts at the award-winning Museum can rest assured they will see all the highlights. In recognition of the large number of international visitors that come to the Museum, these maps are offered in English as well as Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese. These maps may be used on their own or in conjunction with the Museum’s audio tours, which are available in the same four languages.
The color-coded maps provide visitors a snapshot of the different exhibition areas throughout the three-story venue, which was designed to be toured starting at the third floor and descending to the first.
- The Birth of the Mob – In the early 20th century, the seeds of the Mob bloomed amid the crowding and poverty of America’s immigrant-filled cities.
- A Tough Little Town – Las Vegas’ legalized gambling and construction of Hoover Dam combine to create a haven for second-chance dreamers and the Mob.
- Prohibition – Due to the 18th amendment to the U.S. constitution, alcohol production and distribution becomes a lucrative opportunity for organized crime.
- The Feds Fight Back – After Prohibition, Federal agencies have to step up their efforts to combat the increasingly sophisticated organized crime syndicates around the United States.
- The Tentacles Spread – The Mob expands into gambling operations and more following the repeal of Prohibition.
- The Kefauver Hearings – In 1950, the U.S. Senate, led by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver, launched a high-profile series of hearings investigating organized crime in 14 cities around the country.
- Open City – With lawmakers cracking down on illegal gambling around the country, Las Vegas enticed mobsters with the promise of lucrative ventures.
- Spinning a Deadly Web – The Mob’s growing influences ensnare even politicians and labor leaders, who do the Mob’s bidding instead of representing the best interests of their constituents.
- We Only Kill Each Other – Murder was a frequent solution to the Mob’s internal conflicts and the toll was high—despite Bugsy Siegel’s notorious assertion that “We only kill each other.”
- Memories of the Mob – Firsthand accounts of those whose lives were affected by Mob ties recall everything from tenderness to ruthlessness.
- 100 Years of Made Men – A wall of infamy profiles the most notorious figures from more than 100 years of Mob history.
- Weapons Training – Test skills and judgment in a virtual environment modeled on training for law enforcement personnel.
- Hollywood and the Mob – The Mob has long captivated consumers of popular culture, with Hollywood merging fact in myth in fascinating ways.
- Bringing Down the Mob – Eradicating organized crime takes the collaborative efforts of numerous agencies to build career-ending cases against the worst mobsters.
- International Organized Crime – From drug trafficking to human trafficking, cybercrime and counterfeit goods, international organized crime has dropped the Mob traditions and focuses solely on making money.
The maps are available at the Museum box office and are free with the purchase of admission.