The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum, opened to the public this Tuesday in downtown Las Vegas.
Officials hope the nationally recognized museum will help business in the downtown area and predict the $42 million museum will attract up to 300,000 new visitors annually.
The museum, which covers three floors of former U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse from 1933, uses flashy, multimedia displays and gory stories to share details about mob life that are unfamiliar to most people.
“This is very much designed as an experience in which people get to do something,” said executive director of the museum Jonathan Ullman.
Some of the exhibits include a restored courtroom, a wall full of bullet holes that was the backdrop for the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” and another on how organized crime is depicted in movies.