Las Vegas' Mob Museum Debuts New Hands-On Experiences

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas has launched a new series of interactive experiences, putting visitors in the role of law enforcement in live role-playing scenarios and forensic science experts in the crime lab. Organized Crime Today focuses on the modernization and evolution of organized crime in the present day and includes two new experiential spaces: Use of Force Training Experience and Crime Lab Experience.

Organized Crime Today Exhibition

Thanks to the myriad pop culture references and notorious 20th-century organized crime figures, such as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and John Gotti, the concept of organized crime calls to mind images of bygone eras when speakeasies, Mob-run casinos and infamous Mafia families thrived. The Mob Museum would like you to know, however, that organized crime proliferates around the globe today. Contemporary crime networks extend across national borders and their illegal activities include the likes of drug, firearm and human trafficking to the opioid crisis, money laundering, counterfeit goods and cybercrime.

Featuring artifacts, graphics and a large, interactive, 17-foot-wide Global Networks touchscreen wall, this exhibition space brings the story of organized crime into the present day. In addition to covering present-day rackets, Organized Crime Today explores active crime groups—such as outlaw motorcycle gangs, Yakuza, Mexican cartels, Eastern European mafias and MS-13—and the international array of law enforcement agencies that seek to eradicate them. Exhibits and corresponding digital content on the Museum’s website will be regularly updated to reflect the latest global organized crime developments.

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Use of Force Training Experience

One of two new experiential spaces that explore law enforcement methods of identifying, apprehending and prosecuting criminals, the Use of Force Training Experience places guests in the shoes of law enforcement officers. Guests will engage in an intensive training session using both digital and live role-playing scenarios that demonstrate the speed and complexity of use-of-force decisions. Related exhibits examine an array of factors that influence law enforcement responses to real or perceived threats, with a focus on the use of deadly force.

The Crime Lab Experience

The Crime Lab offers guests a hands-on, interactive exploration of five different forensic science topics. Guests explore the Crime Lab during the 25-minute facilitated experience, which is guided by a Museum educator and features original multimedia with insights from forensic science experts. While spending time at each station, guests will learn about scientific techniques used to conduct death investigation, DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis, crime scene investigation and firearms examination.

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