THE MOB MUSEUM RECOGNIZES ITS SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY, 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE, FEB. 14
Locals Receive Free Admission, Opportunity to Experience Virtual Reality Experience about Massacre
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrates its seventh anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 14. This date coincides with the 90th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, from which the Museum maintains a significant number of artifacts. Details about all Museum events taking place this week follow:
The Mob Museum’s Seventh Anniversary
DATE: Thursday, February 14
TIME: Times for individual programs vary; see blow.
LOCATION: The Mob Museum.
COST: Free admission for Nevada residents with valid ID and a special buy one, get one free admission for non-residents.
- The Chicago 00 Project’s virtual reality experience featuring the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
- TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- LOCATION: In the Museum courtroom.
- DESCRIPTION: This award-winning VR experience transports audiences to the exact spots where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre events unfolded by superimposing images from then and now in virtual reality. Audiences can use their smartphones and wear Google Cardboard VR Goggles or use the Museum’s latest technology, Oculus Go, on YouTube’s 360 channel to be immersed in the site. It provides eye-opening insights into the infamous Feb. 14, 1929 event, when Chicago police discovered the bodies of seven men, all shot in the back and riddled with bullets in a north side garage. Before visiting the Museum, guests are encouraged to learn more and download the apps by visiting here. Both iPhone and Android versions are available.
- St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Weapons on Display
- TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor.
- DESCRIPTION: Get up close and personal with the two Thompson machine guns that were used by the perpetrators of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. The guns were confiscated from a murder suspect’s house in Stevensville, Michigan, and linked to the massacre through the work of pioneering ballistics expert, Calvin Goddard. Members of the Sheriff’s department in Berrien County, Michigan will be present to answer questions.
- The Underground Anniversary Specials
- TIME: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- LOCATION: The Underground speakeasy and distillery, located in the Museum’s basement.
- DESCRIPTION: In celebration of the Museum’s anniversary, The Underground will feature food and drink specials, including select $8 handcrafted cocktails and 20 percent 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.
- Wiseguy Speaker Series and Book Signing: “Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago.”
- TIME: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a book signing to follow.
- LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor. Seating is on a first come, first served basis with a maximum occupancy of 120 guests.
- DESCRIPTION: Over the decades, the stories of mobster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness have been subjected to literacy license and Hollywood exaggeration. This new book from authors Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz peels back the layers of these myths to reveal a deeper narrative of these iconic figures. The event will conclude with a book signing.
Annual Anniversary Blood Drive in Partnership with Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services)
DATE: Friday, Feb. 15
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: The Mob Museum’s back lot.
COST: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.
DESCRIPTION: All participating donors will receive one free general admission ticket to The Mob Museum and will receive other incentive courtesy of Vitalant. Schedule your appointment at bloodhero.com and enter code: MOBMUSEUM or call: 877-258-4825.
The Road to Perdition
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 16
TIME: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a book signing to follow.
LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor.
DESCRIPTION: In this special discussion, “Road to Perdition” author Max Allan Collins will be interviewed by fellow author A. Brad Schwartz (“Scarface and the Untouchable”) about the fascinating story behind his acclaimed novel. Set in Chicago during the Great Depression, the graphic novel, “Road to Perdition” tells the story of Michael Sullivan, a Mob enforcer on the hunt for revenge after a failed hit.
Attend and learn about:
- The real-life Mob inspiration behind the character of Michael Sullivan.
- The Academy Award-winning film adaptation starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.
- Collins’ other novel, “Neon Mirage,” which delves into early Las Vegas and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.
Counterterrorism – Community Safety Forum Sponsored by NV Energy
DATE: Sunday, Feb. 17
TIME: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor.
COST: Free, including free Museum admission thanks to sponsorship provided by NV Energy.
DESCRIPTION: February’s Community Safety Forum will address the expression, “see something, say something,” and its significance in detail. The presentation will be conducted by an officer from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, who will discuss the functions of the counterterrorism detail and fusion center. Attendees will learn how authorities are able to collect intelligence by working in concert with other agencies to prevent terrorist acts and rely on the community to help. Live streaming of the presentations will be posted on The Mob Museum’s website thanks to NV Energy’s generous support. Registration for attendance is required.
For more information, please 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 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.