December 6, 2022



 (Photo Courtesy L to R: The Mob Museum; The Las Vegas
History Hallway credit Jeff Scheid; El Cortez Hotel & Casino
credit The Las Vegas News Bureau)


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LAS VEGAS (December 1, 2022) – The Mob Museum, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will unveil a new photography exhibit in partnership with the iconic El Cortez Hotel & Casinoon Thursday, Dec. 1. The exhibit titled “From Gambling Town to Resort Destination: The Epic Rise of Las Vegas” will be located in the north-south hallway inside the El Cortez and will take viewers on a journey through time in Las Vegas.

The exhibit, curated by the award-winning and nationally recognized Mob Museum, depicts imagery of historic hotel properties, iconic Downtown Las Vegas locations and legendary figures such as the Rat Pack, Elvis and others, including the El Cortez’s previous owner, mobster Bugsy Siegel and his associates. Each image will be paired with an informational plaque describing the historical context of the photograph. The images explore the history of Las Vegas, exemplifying the town’s growth from small gambling halls to the gaming mecca and world-class destination it is today. The exhibit is free to view and is open to adults 21 years of age and older.

“We are excited to work with the El Cortez on this project, which will provide the hotel-casino’s guests a fun and educational tour of Las Vegas’ rich history, and perhaps whet their appetites to learn more at The Mob Museum just steps away,” said Geoff Schumacher, The Mob Museum’s vice president of exhibits and programs. “The El Cortez is a natural partner for a project like this, considering the hotel-casino’s important role in the city’s history.”

“The El Cortez is proud of our deep-rooted history, including being the only casino listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To partner with The Mob Museum on this new photo exhibit further solidifies our dedication to honoring our roots and bringing to life Las Vegas’ rich history,” said Adam Wiesberg, general manager of El Cortez. “We’ve recently reinvested more than $28 million in renovations, from rooms to the casino floor, marrying the modern and vintage our guests look to experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the hallway and invite them to take a step back in time here at the El Cortez.”

The project coincides with the completed renovation of El Cortez Hotel & Casino’s original hotel rooms from 1941, dubbed the Original 47, and the launch of the “Mob Boss” hotel package, including two Museum admission tickets and a hotel stay in an Original 47 room. Guests can use the offer code “MBORG47” online when booking to obtain.

To commemorate the Mob Hallway, a media event and reception will be held mid-December. Invitations are to come, but if you would like to attend, please email the El Cortez press contact located at the bottom of this release.

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides a world-class 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. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery. 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” and  “Best Museum” by its 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards; one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas;” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada,” 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” in 2021, “Top Five Best History Museums in the United States” in 2021 and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits;” named “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.


El Cortez Hotel & Casino is a family-owned and operated casino, as well as one of the oldest and most treasured hotels in Las Vegas. It is located in the heart of the Fremont East Entertainment District, an area known for its resurgence and influx of unique restaurants, bars, and nightlife, as well as respected businesses like Zappos. El Cortez has undergone several renovations, with the most recent revamp culminating in 2021, but still rocks the same façade it has in 1941, retaining much of its Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture and keeping the spirit of classic Vegas alive. On February 22, 2013, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it the only standing casino on the list.

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