October 23, 2019




LAS VEGAS (October 2019) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its roster of public programs for November.

All November programs require registration. Guests can register by clicking here.

Wildlife Trafficking: The International Epidemic of Poaching

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 2
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Organized Crime Today Exhibit on the first floor at The Mob Museum.
  • Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum Admission.
  • Description: Journalist Rachel Nuwer, the author of Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking, explores the seedy underbelly of the multibillion-dollar contraband industry of illegal wildlife trade, tracking down poachers, criminal kingpins and illicit users. A large demand for exotic animals — for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies and more — is driving a poaching epidemic and threatening the continued existence of many species. The event will be presented in a videoconference format.

Booze and the Border: Canada’s Key Role in Prohibition

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Historic Courtroom on the second floor.
  • Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum Admission.
  • Description: Gord Steinke, author of “Mobsters and Rumrunners of Canada,” will discuss the Canadians who made lucrative connections with the American underworld during Prohibition. Steinke will explain how Canada’s underground booze operations flourished through partnerships with the likes of Chicago Mob boss Al Capone and Detroit’s Purple Gang. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Science of Crime: Crime Scene Investigation

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 9
  • Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Organized Crime Today exhibition on the first floor.
  • Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum Admission.
  • Description: Each month, the Museum’s Science of Crime presentations explore the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic analysis. During the November program, Crime Scene Analyst Kristin Grammas of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will discuss the various aspects of crime scene photography, latent print processing, chemical latent print processing, evidence collection, diagramming, death scene investigation, bloodstain reconstruction and other crime scene-related investigations. 

Police De-escalation: Reducing Force and Building Community Trust

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: In the Historic Courtroom on the second floor.
  • Cost:  Free for Attendees
  • Speakers:
    • Korey Tillman, Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
    • Dr. Melissa Plasecki, professor of psychology and executive associate dean at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
    • Nissa Tzun, project co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Forced Trajectory Project
    • Captain Nichole Splinter, Las Vegas Metro Police Department
    • Addie C. Rolnick, professor of law at UNLV Boyd School of Law and co-facilitator of UNLV’s Program on Race, Gender and Policing
  • Description: A panel of experts, officials and activists will discuss de-escalation tactics and the use of force by police, especially in situations involving people experiencing mental illness, trauma or distress. The conversation will explore when and how police, including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, use de-escalation methods to avoid the use of force. The panel will discuss the psychiatric basis for de-escalation practices, the impact of police encounters on victims and families, and community responses.

Kefauver Day Free Admission for Nevada Residents

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 15
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free for Nevada residents with a valid ID and buy-one-get-one for non-residents.
  • Description: The Mob Museum celebrates Kefauver Day in honor of the Kefauver Committee hearing investigating organized crime in America that took place in the Museum’s courtroom on that date in 1950. Kefauver Day is free for Nevada residents and buy-one-get-one for non-residents thanks to Zappos’ generous support.

Free Screening of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict”

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Location: In the Oscar B. Goodman Room on the third floor.
  • Cost: Free, including free Museum admission
  • Description: The Mob Museum offers a free screening of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. The film focuses on educating the public about the dangers of opioid addiction and features stark, first-person accounts by individuals who have abused opioids, or whose children have abused opioids with tragic consequences. FBI Special Agent Christina Burt will offer introductory remarks prior to the screening.

Free Community Safety Forum: Accident Prevention and Traffic Safety

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Location: In the Historic Courtroom on the second floor.
  • Cost: Free, including free Museum admission, thanks to sponsorship provided by NV Energy. The Mob Museum will provide live streaming of the presentations online.
  • Description: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will lead a program on accident prevention and traffic safety where attendees will learn about the dangers of distracted driving and how to ensure safety on the road.

For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery, and sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. Its house-distilled moonshine received top honors, the Double Gold Award, from The Fifty Best. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.

Desiree Webb / Erika Pope
The Vox Agency,
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