3/8/2012 6:35 PM
Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and John Gotti have been given the chance to tell their true stories in a former federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. On February 14th, which happened to be the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement was opened to the public. It's as close as you can get to the Mob without being asked to wear a wire.
Over 41,000sq.ft. of interactive exhibits, one-of-a-kind artifacts, and high-tech theater presentations are displayed across three floors of the historic building where the famous Kefauver Committee hearings were conducted in 1950.
While some may say the museum glorifies the mob, the brave men and women who risked it all to bring the bad guys to justice are also included in the collection. The seldom told stories of Joe Pistone, Eliot Ness, and Estes Kefauver are shared, making sure they are never forgotten by future generations.
The real evidence and artifacts presented are some of the most impressive aspects of the museum, such as the brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the barber chair where Albert Anastasia was murdered. Although the interactive exhibits are fascinating too. Visitors can shoot a simulated tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes on wiretapping equipment and take part in FBI weapons training.
With tales so intriguing they need no embellishment, the Mob Museum reveals an insider’s look at the events and people on both sides of this continuing battle. Check out the trailer!
Source, Photo: The Mob Museum