3801 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
In its early days,the Tropicana itself had ties to the Mob.
The Las Vegas Mob Experience combines history with entertainment, immersing visitors in an interactive experience that includes holograms and real-life actors. Designed to present the history of the Mafia in Las Vegas, the LVME has a hands-on approach that utilizes some of the latest in technology.
At the start of the Experience, each visitor receives a badge that carries personal information in it. The RFID chip is what brings the interactive element to the LVME. Visitors choose a celebrity tour guide at the beginning of the Experience, and the cool technology combined with the re-created back alleys and speakeasy days of Prohibition leads you through the exhibits.
Visitors can choose how they want to interact with the "mobsters" and "cops," and as they move along through the exhibits, their celebrity tour guide tells them about the history of how the Mob came to Las Vegas, and what happened when they got to town.
A central exhibit hall holds artifacts and memorabilia from several gangster's families, many of whom donated items or participated as consultants in the development of the LVME.
The last displays details the final days of the Mob in Las Vegas. The two major figures of this time period, Anthony Spilotro and Frank Rosenthal, are perhaps best-known for their fictional portrays in the movie "Casino."
A final exhibit lets visitors know their fate: made, whacked, sent to Witness Protection, or involved in a shoot-out.
Visitors enter and exit via the gift shop, which is fully stocked with tee-shirts, underwear, and coffee cups bearing every type of mythical Mob saying you can imagine. "Fuggetaboutit" figures prominently.
Admission is $39.95; an annual pass is $99. The LVME is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with the last admission at 9 p.m.