Mob Museum Acquires Adjacent Lot, “Big Plans” Ahead

The wildly popular Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas has made a key purchase of an adjoining parcel that will provide space for a potential expansion.

The official name of the Mob Museum is Mob Museum: The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement. They don’t really call it that, though, because everyone who works there would need bigger business cards.

Also known as Whacking Central.

The newly-acquired parcel is just east of the Mob Museum, on Stewart Ave. and 4th Street, across the street from Zappos headquarters.

It’s unknown if the giant red arrow was included in the purchase.

The tea about the purchase was spilled by Jeff Silver on Plaza’s excellent “On the Corner of Main Street” podcast. Find the episode here.

Silver is a longtime casino executive (think Riv, Caesars and Landmark), a former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and has been on the Mob Museum’s Board of Directors for several years, so he knows of which he teas.

On the podcast, Silver said, “The Mob Museum has just purchased the adjacent parcel, to the east, and we’ve got some big plans and a fundraising drive to do even greater things and more things on the property.”

No further details about plans for the parcel have been made available, but we’ve inquired with the Mob Museum about any details. No word back yet.

The Mob Museum is a Las Vegas must-do, and was voted one of the top five history museums in the country, along with dozens of other accolades.

The museum is a fascinating look at mobstering (including the mob in Las Vegas) and the law enforcementing that may not be as glamorous, but trust us, they’re the real heroes, despite what former Mayor Oscar Goodman says.

Oh, Goodman also says there is no mob. And he says it with a straight face.

He’s adorable.

Here’s the official description of the Mob Museum: “The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society. The Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive exhibits.”

We can’t wait to hear what the Mob Museum’s next moves will be. Nobody really expected the Mob Museum to be a thing (except the aforementioned Oscar Goodman), but it has definitely become a thing, and when something’s a thing, the more thing the better.

They’ll probably want to use that in their advertising.

Update (7/1/22): We haven’t made much progress in getting details about the Mob Museum’s plans, but commenter Dave says, “The Mob Museum has an entire expansion plan that includes the parcel where the old bus terminal sits today. Their dream plan includes a building that more or less wraps around the historic courthouse and includes a garage, a restaurant, tons more exhibit space (they’ve got oodles of artifacts in climate-controlled storage), moving the distillery, turning the entire existing basement into a larger speakeasy, a new interactive experience, and a lot more.”