Last week I had just returned from my trip to Vegas and shared some pictures from all over the town with you. This time I am going to be a bit more specific with what I share.
One of the friends that we took our trip with was really interested in going to the Mob Museum near Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas. This is the older part of Vegas before the behemoth casinos were built further down the strip.
Although I enjoy museums, a lot of times places like this are simply tourist traps with maybe a couple of artifacts to show and just a bunch of "fluff" in between. That definitely wasn't the case with this one and though I was a bit apprehensive to visit at first, I am extremely glad I did.
Situated in the old courthouse, the museum is three floors(four if you count the basement) of nothing but artifacts, displays, videos, and more information than I could handle about the mob. We picked the cheapest tour and ended up paying $27 per person to get in. There are some expanded tours that take you through a crime lab and things like that, but we didn't have time to do those.
If you aren't familiar, the Mob has a deep and lengthy relationship with Prohibition and Vegas. It is only natural that Vegas would be the location for this museum.
As I said, there was just too much information thrown at us to cover it all in this post. I don't think I am exaggerating when I say that "there wasn't an inch of wall on any of the floors that wasn't covered with some fact or video about the mob".
Instead I am just going to share some of the pictures I took as we were walking through. If you want to do some learning I encourage you to visit their website that I linked above and head to the "Learn" area.
This is an old slot machine they had on display. It is crazy to think how far they have advanced. It's also crazy for me to think that no matter how much they have changed, the house still always holds the advantage...
I also just realized that I took a ton of pictures of the weapons. I guess it is because I am a boy...
As much as they focused on the mob, they also focused on the law enforcement officers that worked against them. In fact, on the second or their floor of the courthouse, we got to sit in one of the very same courtrooms they used to have hearings about the mob. They showed a short video while we all sat in benches facing where the judges seat would be. It was pretty cool.
I think this is a pretty famous quote, though I had never heard it before. I think it is really awesome though and I had to get a picture of it. They actually have shirts with this saying on it in the gift shop, but I didn't purchase one.
My wife and I have been watching "Ozark" on Netflix. It is basically about money laundering for a Mexican Cartel and the challenges and tribulations that causes. I still don't quite understand how it all works, so I took this picture in case I wanted to educate myself a little in the future.
Finally, for the museum part I will leave you with this. We actually have a picture of our friend pulling the lever and her husband sitting in the chair. I didn't have the guts to do it though, plus there was a group of people behind us waiting...
Down in the basement of the museum, they have a couple of other small displays, but the real reason you want to go down there is because they have a distillery and an old style "speak easy" where you can hang out and have a drink.
As expected the speakeasy was packed and I had a feeling it was going to be a bit pricey, but our friend had read about it online and wanted to have at least one drink there. We waited about five minutes and were actually lucky enough to find an open table for the six(two came later) of us. The bar area isn't very big at all and they had a live jazz band playing so it was even more crowded.
As I said, the six of us did our best to fit around a small four top table and @mrsbozz ordered this gem of a cocktail. I can't remember the name of it and I didn't get a picture of the menu. I had a sip and it was fantastic, it was fruity and sweet yet the alcohol was strong enough to remind you it was there.
Being on a big of a whiskey kick right now, I decided to order their "old fashioned". I've had these a lot of places and it is really just a fantastically simple whiskey cocktail. I have to admit though I was a bit taken aback when it came out to me served like this.
Luckily we were smart enough to realize I needed to open up the book to find the wonderful elixir that was inside. Mixed with the cherry, sugar, and water that were already in my glass it was a real treat and definitely one of the best cocktails I had during my trip.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the Mob Museum. Make sure you go with an empty head though because there is a ton of information to take in. You could literally spend half a day just browsing the base exhibits they have, not to mention the special ones that they offer.