Las Vegas has a lot of museums, over two dozen, plenty to see during a vacation. There's the Neon Museum with tons (literally) of old Vegas landmark signs on display, there's the Natural History Museum and the Imperial Palace Automobile Museum, even an Atomic Testing Museum, but for my money, there are two museums you should consider.
Firstly, there is the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Found downtown at 300 Stewart Street, the museum is housed in the old federal courthouse that held the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime in November of 1950, the building is the perfect setting for a Mob museum.
With present day technology, mob history is brought to life via engaging exhibits and multi-sensory experiences where the visitor is put right "in the middle of the action through high-tech theater presentations and iconic, one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive, themed environments.
True stories of mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits and multi-sensory experiences. The Mob Museum puts the visitor in the middle of the action through high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive, themed environments.
If you don't believe that, consider that the museum has the actual St. Valentine's Day Massacre on display, as well as the actual barber chair Albert Anastasia was assassinated in. That's pretty weird, but somehow compelling. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under. If you are a Nevada resident, your tickets are just $10 (the hell with the tourists!). Oh, hours..... Sundays through Thursdays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.
And secondly, if you need instant gratification and can't wait until you are actually in Las Vegas, there's the free Museum of Gaming History online. Click and you can browse the many stories and photos without leaving your chair, and without paying for a ticket to Vegas! Lucky you.