Crime, we’re told, doesn’t pay. Crime museums, however, do quite nicely.
Exhibit A? TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveler’s Choice Awards, which ranks The Mob Museum (The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) in downtown Las Vegas at No. 20 on its list of the nation’s top 25 museums.
Grabbing a spot on the roundup for the second year in a row, the 5-year-old repository of Las Vegas’ uniquely colorful history also scores the honor as the only Nevada museum making the cut.
Taking visitors on an interactive journey (shall we call it a journey you can’t refuse?), the museum has embraced our mobbed-up background since its opening on Feb. 14, 2012 (the anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, ‘natch) at a former federal courthouse.
Over three exhibit-stuffed floors, you’ll learn about such crime kingpins as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Moe Dalitz. On the law-abiding team, get the inside dope on Eliot Ness, Donnie Brasco and J. Edgar Hoover.
Just pay the $23.95 admission price for adults 18 or older (plus a range of special pricing) or visit themobmuseum.org. Breaking and entering not required.