THE MOB MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO ON FIRST TRAVELING EXHIBIT
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has partnered with Plaza Hotel & Casino on a brand-new exhibition, which will remain on view until June 30, 2015. Designed to place even more of the Museum’s robust artifact collection on public view, as well as introduce the Museum to a larger audience, the exhibit includes the John Gotti car and informational signage throughout the hotel-casino.
Part of the Museum collection since 2011, the John Gotti car is a 1972 Jaguar XKE Convertible. The car was a gift to Gotti from veteran Gambino Family mobster Greg DePalma, who gave the car to Gotti to curry favor with the “Teflon Don.” The car can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 134 miles per hour and has a V12 Engine. Its original price was approximately $7,500.
Informational displays feature photographs and text spotlighting prominent “Sin City Mobsters,” such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, whose Las Vegas associations are inextricably linked with the city’s history. Another graphic display addresses some of the iconic Las Vegas resorts—such as The Flamingo and the El Cortez—which were famously associated with Mob ownership and activity before law enforcement and big corporate owners wrenched control away from organized crime.
Also of note, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is home to Oscar’s Steakhouse. Oscar Goodman, the restaurant’s namesake, was not only a prominent Mob defense attorney as well as City of Las Vegas mayor. The Mob Museum represents the realization of Goodman’s vision of the first world-class institution dedicated to revealing the impact of the Mob and its battle with law enforcement on society.
“This is the first time we’ve partnered with another Las Vegas entity on an exhibition of this scale,” said Ashley Misko, director of marketing and PR, The Mob Museum. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with The Plaza and plan to pursue other traveling exhibition opportunities with other venues – both in Las Vegas and elsewhere – in the future.”
Michael Pergolini, vice president/general manager, Plaza Hotel & Casino, added, “The Plaza itself is part of the historical fabric of the original Las Vegas Strip in Downtown. Already in partnership with Oscar Goodman, one of the city’s most notable Mob defense attorneys, embracing a partnership with The Mob Museum is a natural fit to showcase the artifacts from a period that shaped our city. Being able to offer a glimpse of history within our casino and having guests visit the Museum for the whole story is just good business.”
For general information about the Museum, its exhibitions, special programming, event rentals and admission, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.TheMobMuseum.org.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 885 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure 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 $21.95 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. daily, September through June; in July and August, hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.TheMobMuseum.org. Connect on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheMobMuseum, on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum and subscribe to the Museum’s Mobcast here.
ABOUT PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO
Located at the crest of the historic Downtown District in Las Vegas, The Plaza Hotel and Casino combines a vintage Rat Pack attitude with modern styling for the ultimate Vegas experience. Originally built in 1971 on the site of the original Las Vegas railroad depot, The Plaza boasts 1,003 rooms and suites recently renovated with custom-designed Mark David furnishings, a 500-seat classic Vegas showroom with nationally recognized entertainment, and a variety of dining venues led by the world-famous Oscar’s Beef-Booze-Broads steakhouse in the iconic Dome overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. The Plaza also has more than 500 slot machines and favorite table games, Downtown’s largest Race and Sports Book with 75 flat screen televisions, Downtown’s only Bingo Hall, and 30,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. The hotel is owned and managed by PlayLV Gaming, which also owns and operates the Las Vegas Club Casino.