August 5, 2009
Mob museum to open in Vegas in 2011
The U.S. courthouse in downtown Las Vegas is being renovated to make way for the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, city officials said.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal said elected officials and former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan dressed as gangsters Tuesday and announced plans for the museum, which they said they hope becomes a tourist destination for those interested in the city's history, without glorifying the violence the mobsters perpetrated.
There's a history of the mob's involvement here, and this will record the history, the Review-Journal quoted Bryan, a museum board member and former Nevada governor, as saying. "It certainly was a part of the growth of the city. You can't deny that. It's important, I think, to emphasize that this is not to glorify the
mob. They weren't fun guys at all."