The Mob Museum Unveils Iconic “Folies Bergere” Costume, Thursday Jan. 21

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 The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, unveils an iconic artifact from “Folies Bergere,” the historic production show at the Tropicana, on Thursday, January 21. A reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. with a program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Folies Bergere” had a 50-year run at the Tropicana, starting on December 24, 1959, and ending on March 28, 2009. During the 1970s, the production’s executive producer was Joe Agosto, who oversaw the skim at the Tropicana for Midwestern Mob families.

“Folies” came to Las Vegas from Paris, where it started as a cabaret music hall in 1869. The legendary Paris show inspired “Ziegfeld Follies,” which was produced on Broadway in New York from 1907 through the mid-1940s. Lou Walters, father of broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, is credited with bringing “Folies Bergere” to the Tropicana. He was the resort’s entertainment director at the time.

The costume is on loan to The Mob Museum from the Nevada State Museum, which recently acquired a large collection of “Folies Bergere” costumes.

For more information or to purchase tickets to The Mob Museum, go to or call (702) 229-2734. The reception and viewing of the artifact are free for Museum Members and free with Museum admission but space is limited so advance registration is requested and may be done here. The artifact will be on view in the Museum’s second floor Open City exhibit.

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. The Museum presents unbelievable stories about the Mob, its impact on Las Vegas history and unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in an eye-opening style via interactive exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and nearly 1,000 authentic artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook:, on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum and subscribe to the Museum’s Mobcast here.