The Mob Museum and El Cortez Hotel & Casino Collaborate to Create “Vintage Vegas Experience”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L: The VIP Fitting Room at The Mob Museum’s Underground; R: Living Room in the
Jackie Gaughan Suite at El Cortez Hotel & Casino
(Photos courtesy Chris Wessling for The Mob Museum and El Cortez) 

THE MOB MUSEUM, EL CORTEZ HOTEL & CASINO COLLABORATE TO CREATE “VINTAGE VEGAS EXPERIENCE” – A DELUXE DOWNTOWN
LAS VEGAS GETAWAY  

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement and the El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas’ longest continuously operating hotel-casino, announce an exclusive package to offer Las Vegas enthusiasts an epic “Vintage Vegas Experience.” This first-ever collaboration pairs VIP access to The Mob Museum with two unparalleled nights in the Jackie Gaughan Suite at the historic El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

“The Mob Museum’s exhibits provide unexpected insights into Mob history with a focus of the evolution of Las Vegas—and the El Cortez has stood witness to much of that evolution,” said Jonathan Ullman, president and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum. “For guests fascinated by the city’s past, this distinctive, Downtown Las Vegas getaway will surely be appealing.”

Guests will enjoy two nights’ accommodation in the immaculately preserved suite, which was the home of the late casino magnate Jackie Gaughan beginning in 1980. A bookmaker from Nebraska, Gaughan had relocated to Las Vegas in 1950 and bought a stake in the Flamingo. At that time, being in the casino business meant regular contact with the city’s organized crime figures. In fact, with the purchase of the El Cortez in 1963, Gaughan “inherited” aging mobster Irish Green because former El Cortez owner Bugsy Siegel had promised to house him at the hotel for life.

Following Gaughan’s passing in 2014, the hotel’s current owners, the Epstein family, opted to honor his legacy by maintaining the suite’s original 1980s style, which Gaughan’s wife Bertie designed. Original décor includes pink upholstered walls and floors, brass built-ins, hand-carved wooden double doors with brass door pulls in the shape of “J” and “G” and a pink marbled tub with gold swan features. Situated on the 15th floor, the suite encompasses 2,700 square feet, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, one romper room, a full kitchen and a spacious living and dining area. Guests will also receive a $150 food and beverage credit and elevated dining experience at Siegel’s 1941. Named after former-owner and notorious gangster, Bugsy Siegel, the restaurant offers extensive menus filled with modern twists on classic American standards.

At The Mob Museum, guests will receive two Premier Passes, including general Museum admission plus access into the Firearm Training Simulator and the Crime Lab and a guided tour with Geoff Schumacher, senior director of content. Plus, guests will enjoy an immersive Prohibition history experience in the Museum’s Underground. Here, they will discover the intriguing stories behind Prohibition in America and how it led to the proliferation of organized crime—which played an undeniable role in the development of Las Vegas later in the 20th century. Guests will explore exhibits and authentic artifacts, as well as enjoy two hours in the exclusive, hidden Fitting Room VIP area with $100 food and beverage credit, plus a private, guided distillery tour and moonshine tasting with a Museum distillery staff member. The in-house distilled moonshine is as smooth as it can get, made with 100 percent corn and bottled at 50 percent ABV.

“This amazing VIP package represents the evolution of a successful long-term partnership between El Cortez and The Mob Museum,” said Adam Wiesberg, Assistant General Manager of the El Cortez. “Both organizations cherish and preserve the rich history of this great city so we couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

The full package is designed for two guests with a maximum of up to four guests; components follow:

  • Two nights in El Cortez Hotel & Casino’s Jackie Gaughan Suite
  • $150 food and beverage credit at Siegel’s 1941 restaurant
  • Two Premier Passes at The Mob Museum, including access into the Firearm Training Simulator and the Crime Lab
  • Private, guided tour with Museum’s resident historian
  • Two hours in The Underground’s VIP room
  • $100 food and beverage credit in The Underground
  • Private, guided distillery tour and moonshine tasting with a Museum distillery staff

This package starts at $2,550 and will be available through Dec. 31, 2019. For more information, go to https://themobmuseum.org/vintage-vegas-experience/ or call (702) 724-8631.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery, and sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” Nevada Magazine’s “Best Museum” and “Best Place to Get Married,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. Its house-distilled moonshine received top honors, the Double Gold Award, from The Fifty Best. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.

ABOUT EL CORTEZ HOTEL & CASINO
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont St. and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District.  With over 300 remodeled hotel rooms, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In February 2013, the historic hotel was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The El Cortez casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and just under 1,000 slot machines.  El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with the Station Casinos Sports Book. Dining options at El Cortez include: Siegel’s 1941 and The Parlour, featuring an exclusive “Morning Noon and Night” menu and live entertainment, Naked City Pizza, Eureka! and Shinya Maru Ramen. 

 

The Underground Announces February Promotions and Programs

 

The Kickback at The Underground; photo credit: The Mob Museum 

THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY PROMOTIONS AND PROGRAMS

 

The Underground, the Prohibition history exhibition at The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, featuring a speakeasy and distillery, announces special promotions, programs and events for February.

The Mob Museum Anniversary, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In celebration of the Museum’s anniversary, The Underground will feature food and drink specials, including select $8 handcrafted cocktails and 20% off all food menu items. Cocktails available at this discounted price include the Prohibition classics Southside, Scofflaw and The Chicago.  Discounted dishes offered at 20 percent off include the Beer Cheese with Pretzel Bites, Cheese Pizza and Pastry Pigs with Whiskey Mustard.

National Drink Wine Day, Starting Monday, Feb. 18 to Sunday, Feb. 24 in honor of National Drink Wine Day, enjoy 25 percent off wine by the glass all day in The Underground speakeasy.

Jazz Nights, Saturdays, 7 – 11 p.m.  Jazz returns to The Underground with live performances by Kai Brant and The Old Fashions. Brant performs jazz, blues and pop classics, while The Old Fashions blend the best of the jazz and blues worlds with classics from Sinatra to Armstrong.

Jazz Night Performance Schedule:
Feb. 2 – The Old Fashions
Feb. 9 – Las Vegas Jazz Trio featuring Kai Brant
Feb. 16 – The Old Fashions
Feb. 23 – Kai Brant Jazz Duo

 

Wiseguy Wednesday: Trivia Night at The Underground, Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Is there anything more satisfying than drinking and thinking at the same time? The Mob Museum’s monthly Trivia Night is a fun and fact-filled contest to find out who can have the best time while also showing off their knowledge in a range of vintage Las Vegas, organized crime and law enforcement-related categories. Of course, there’s no better setting for such an activity than The Underground distillery, part of The Mob Museum’s Prohibition exhibition. The contest will feature four rounds of 10 questions each, with prizes for teams finishing first, second and third. Complimentary entry with password “Trivia Night” at The Underground’s side entrance; teams should register in advance here.

Distillery Tours, daily on the hour from 12 to 4 p.m. on weekdays; 12 to 5 p.m. on weekends. During these $12 tours, which are available as an enhanced experience with the purchase of a deluxe or premier pass and include a sampling of a variety of distilled spirits, participants receive an in-depth explanation of the distillery equipment and distillation process and learn about Prohibition. In addition to learning about the historical origin of Prohibition and the drinking culture that existed before the 1920s, guests have the chance to take part in a spirit-tasting experience of house-distilled moonshine, vodka and the Jamaica ginger infusion. The Distillery Tours are designed to encourage visitors to develop an appreciation for the flavor of moonshine—especially since The Underground’s moonshine is as authentic as it can safely get. It is made in-house with 100 percent corn and bottled at 50 percent ABV. In addition, all visitors to the Museum may purchase souvenir bottles of Museum spirits in the speakeasy during these hours.

Happy Hour, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy 20 percent off select craft cocktails, draft beer and wine by the glass.

For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Admission to the speakeasy is included with general Museum admission and free any time for patrons using the daily password found on Instagram stories @MobMuseum_Underground.

ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibit, featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Its custom-made, copper-pot still, dubbed “Virginia Still” after mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s notorious girlfriend Virginia Hill, has a capacity of 60 gallons and can serve up to 250 750-mL jars of moonshine per week. The Underground also brews and serves craft beer onsite. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the correct password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.

Mob Museum Celebrates 5th Anniversary with 5 Days of Events, Feb. 10 – 14











THE MOB MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH FIVE DAYS OF
PUBLIC EVENTS, FEBRUARY 10 – 14, 2017

 The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will mark the occasion of its Fifth Anniversary with a series of celebratory events planned for Friday, February 10, through Tuesday, February 14, 2017. These events commemorate the Museum’s five successful and dynamic years, during which it welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors from all 50 states and 36 countries, injected more than $20.5 million annually into the downtown economy—all while accumulating numerous awards and accolades.

“The next five years will see us grow in more substantial ways, increasing our accessibility and enabling us to deliver more eye-opening, provocative and informative content to each of our audiences,” said Jonathan Ullman, executive director and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum.

The schedule of Fifth Anniversary activities includes:

Friday, February 10, 10 a.m.
Press Conference: Unveiling of New, Permanent St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Exhibit
Marking the Museum’s Fifth Anniversary, Ullman and Museum Senior Director of Content Geoff Schumacher will unveil a collection of St. Valentine’s Day Massacre artifacts that will be on permanent display at the Museum. Objects include bullets removed from the bodies of the seven victims, bullet fragments and cartridge cases retrieved from the garage floor as well as test bullets fired from the Tommy guns which later proved to have been used in the Massacre. In addition, the display features original coroner’s documents concerning the victims and reports prepared by Dr. Calvin Goddard, forensic scientist specializing in ballistics, who used pioneering ballistics testing techniques to identify the weapons used in the crime.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
United Blood Services Blood Drive
To be held behind the Museum. To register, click here.  

Saturday, February 11
11 a.m. – Noon; second presentation from 1 – 2 p.m.
Wiseguy Speaker and Book Signing: Chriss Lyon, “A Killing in Al Capone’s Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive”
Lyon’s book details how the trail of Capone gangster Fred “Killer” Burke, a prime suspect in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, led from Chicago to the rural neighborhoods of Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. The book uses never-before published police reports and interviews with family members of key witnesses to demonstrate how organized crime proliferated from the Prohibition Era through the mid-twentieth century, while revealing new information about the capture of Burke, who became the most wanted man in the nation. To be held in the Museum courtroom. Free with Museum admission and for Museum Members.

Sunday, February 12
1 – 2 p.m.
Panel Discussion: History of The Mob Museum Building
Featuring panelists Sam Tolman, architectural project manager, City of Las Vegas; Nancy Deaner, former director of cultural affairs, City of Las Vegas; and Robert Chattel, founder, Chattel, Inc., an historic preservation consulting firm which advised on the restoration of the historic federal building and post office now occupied by the Museum. To be held in the Museum courtroom. Free with Museum admission and for Museum Members.

Monday, February 13
7 – 9 p.m.
Screening of the Film “Capone”
To be held in the Museum courtroom. Free with Museum admission and for Museum Members.

Tuesday, February 14
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free Admission for Nevada Residents and Buy-One, Get-One Admission for Non-Locals

11 a.m. – Noon; second presentation from 1 – 2 p.m.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Evidence Presentations
Two Thompson machine guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 will be displayed and discussed by Lt. Mike Kline from the Berrien County, Michigan, Sheriff’s Office, where the guns are stored. The two machine guns, numbered #7580 and #2347, were first positively identified by Dr. Calvin Goddard in December 1929 after investigating many Thompson guns found in the Chicago area. These two guns represent the only guns ever scientifically proven to be part of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. To be held in the Museum courtroom. Free with Museum admission or for Museum Members.

Noon – 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Book Signing with Chriss Lyon, “A Killing in Al Capone’s Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive”
To be held in the Museum courtroom. Free with Museum admission or for Museum Members.

Noon – 8 p.m.
Celebration at The Commissary at Downtown Grand
The Commissary at Downtown Grand, located across Stewart Avenue from the Museum, will provide live entertainment, prize giveaways and food-and-beverage offerings from Freedom Beat and Triple George Grill for Museum guests. 

Finally, as a special treat for Museum guests each day from February 10 through February 14, the first 10 Museum guests of the day will receive a commemorative chocolate package from Ethel M Chocolates. One out of the 10 packages given out daily will contain a special “golden ticket” redeemable for a grand prize. Five grand prizes will be awarded over the course of the five days.

Five Years of Museum Facts

  • $20.5 million annually Economic impact on Downtown Las Vegas
  • 1.3 Million Number of visitors
  • 26,000 Number of audio tours taken
  • 4,800 Number of students who have participated in Investigating History educational outreach program
  • More than 2,000 Number of new artifacts acquired since opening
  • 1,500 Number of Museum Members
  • 410 Number of private events
  • 120 Number of public programs, including Courtroom Conversations, Author Talks, Book Signings and Wiseguy Speaker Series
  • More than 90 Number of volunteers
  • 75 Number of employees
  • 57 Number of weddings held
  • More than 50 Number of awards received
  • 24 Number of Community Safety Forum presentations, in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and sponsored by NV Energy

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine 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. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum.org or Twitter @themobmuseum.

The Mob Museum Launches Digital Exhibit, ProhibitionHistory.com

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THE MOB MUSEUM LAUNCHES “PROHIBITION: AN INTERACTIVE HISTORY,” A
DIGITAL EXHIBIT DEDICATED TO THE WIDE-REACHING IMPACT OF THIS
FASCINATING AMERICAN ERA

Launch Coincides with Anniversary of Prohibition’s Repeal

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has unveiled “Prohibition: An Interactive History,” a robust and captivating digital exhibit. The content, developed by Museum staff, aims to enhance the experience of touring the Museum. Providing an educational and enjoyable ride through Prohibition’s many facets, the digital exhibit reveals surprising insights into one of the most interesting and misunderstood periods in American history through photographs, text, videos and a variety of interactive elements including a Prohibition-themed game.

“Prohibition: An Interactive History” encompasses sections addressing eight different aspects of the era, including:

  • The Road to Prohibition – The turbulent history of alcohol’s impact on America from the 17th century onward gave rise to the powerful—and largely women-driven—Temperance Movement.
  • The Prohibition Underworld – Prohibition’s worst-kept secret, the speakeasy, proliferated and Mob operatives clamored to cash in on the liquor racket.
  • The Rise of Organized Crime – Prohibition’s bootlegging profits transformed the Mob and gave rise to rumrunners.
  • Enforcing the Prohibition Laws – Too few law enforcement agents meant it was impossible to thoroughly enforce Prohibition, but key Supreme Court rulings emboldened the IRS to take down mobsters for not paying taxes on their bootlegging earnings.
  • How Prohibition Changed American Culture – Everything from the advancement of women’s rights to cocktail culture to music and movies owes a debt to the Prohibition years.
  • Prohibition Potpourri – An intriguing collection of Prohibition insights includes NASCAR’s origins during the era, fun facts and anecdotes as well as the distinctive slang terms that evolved and are still used today.
  • Prohibition in Las Vegas – Before it became America’s playground and the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas was proud of its record of Prohibition enforcement.
  • The End of Prohibition – A confluence of factors—from lack of enforcement to economic woes of the Great Depression—resulted in the repeal of Prohibition in late 1933. Its legacy persists today in the assortment of archaic and unusual liquor laws that vary from state to state.

Finally, an additional section challenges users to “Get the Booze to the Stash House” with a bootlegging-themed game, test their knowledge with eye-opening Prohibition-related trivia and provides a map detailing current state-by-state liquor laws.

“A top priority of the Museum is to be a premier source of information for those interested in organized crime and law enforcement, subject matter, regardless as to their location,” explains Ashley Miller, director of marketing and public relations, The Mob Museum. “We envisioned this particular exhibit to connect with our visitors as well as scholars, history buffs, crime story enthusiasts and anyone else interested in learning more about Prohibition—whether they can actually visit the Museum in person or not. Of course, the Museum already addresses Prohibition onsite in a variety of ways, highlighted by its signature artifact, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall.”

Another digital exhibit, launched earlier this year, delves into all facets of this infamous wall where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place on February 14, 1929. Divided into 13 distinctive sections, StValentineMassacre.com is designed to bring the history of one of the Museum’s most significant artifacts—the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall—to life for anyone with access to the internet. It incorporates photographs and text addressing the event from numerous angles, including the bitter rivalry between bootlegging Mob bosses, Bugs Moran and Al Capone; the public outcry that followed the Massacre; the various characters who played a role in the crime; and the ballistics evidence used in the investigation.

The Museum’s digital exhibits are available to the public for free. Development continues on additional digital content to be announced in 2017. For more information about The Mob Museum, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 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. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum.org or Twitter @themobmuseum.