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Las Vegas has a colorful history, to say the least. A town built on gambling with a reputation for sin, the people who built Vegas as we know it were not exactly moralists. Today, Vegas may be run by big companies, but the people who built the city and ran the original casinos were mobsters. Vegas, in its original inception, was an outlaw town, a wild-west of skimmed money, hit-men, bodies buried in the desert, payoffs, blackmails, and double-crosses. The Tropicana is one of the last casinos on The Strip dating back to the mob-era, and it’s only appropriate that it plays host to The Las Vegas Mob Experience, Sin City’s first museum dedicated to shedding light onto the shady history of the town.
Like everything else in Las Vegas, The Mob Experience doesn’t do anything in half-measure. The $25 million, 26,000 square-foot, 33 room museum tells the history of the mafia in Las Vegas in three acts, with interactive exhibits designed by former Disney Imagineers. More than just a standard museum, the exhibit can be compared to a theme park ride, with holograms, scents that bring you to a different time and place, vocal tours hosted by celebrities like James Caan and Mickey Rourke, and personalized radio frequency identification chips that make the experience even more interactive.
The exhibit takes you on a journey from the 1900s to the modern era, after the end of the mafia’s reign over Las Vegas. You’ll be assigned a character, which makes history truly come alive. A character actor in a speakeasy sets you on your journey, and you’ll be given the chance to make decisions that will determine the fate of your character at the end. You’ll have to figure out if you should talk to the police or how to deal with a gambler trying to cheat the casino, and each decision is recorded on your radio frequency identification chip and will influence whether your character gets whacked, goes to jail, or ends up in witness protection in the “final fate room.”
But the exhibit is more than slick fun; the depth of history on display is impressive. Historically secretive family members of famous mobsters opened up their archives, offering the museum a treasure trove of memorabilia and anecdotes from legendary underworld figures like Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Sam Giancana, and Tony Spilotro, lending legitimacy to the exhibit.
The Mob Experience digs up the long buried skeletons and throws light onto the criminal history of Las Vegas, revealing the true stories behind the mobsters who built the town during an era when it truly earned the nickname Sin City. Visit any of the Tix4Tonight half price ticket booth locations on The Strip or in Downtown to find discounted attraction tickets to The Mob Experience. you’ll save so much money that you’ll feel like you’ve gotten away with murder.