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Las Vegas: Take a shot at getting married at the new Mob Museum

January 31, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, shown here with a Mob Museum artifact, will preside over wedding ceremonies at the museum's Feb. 14 opening.
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, shown here with a Mob Museum artifact,… (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles…)

The Mob Museum opening in Las Vegas on Feb. 14 has a message for wannabe brides and grooms: Be the first to set foot inside the museum -- and get married too. Seven couples will be selected randomly to tie the knot or renew vows at the courthouse-turned-museum at 300 Stewart Ave.

Couples 21 and older have until 11:59 PST tonight (Tuesday) to enter the Married at the Mob Museum contest. Other perks: airfare for two from a U.S. location to Las Vegas, a two-night stay at the El Cortez Hotel (once owned by mob leader Bugsy Siegel), a ceremony performed by organized crime defense attorney and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, and more.

Without getting married, anyone can visit Vegas' newest attraction that opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, it traces the history and tells the stories of key organized crime figures such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano as well as crime-fighters from J. Edgar Hoover to Rudy Giuliani.

The museum's setting is historic — the former U.S. courthouse where the Kefauver Committee held hearings on organized crime in 1950 — and features items like the wall from the 1929 Chicago warehouse where the deadly St. Valentine's Day Massacre played out and the barber chair in which onetime Gambino crime-family leader Albert Anastasia was killed in 1957.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children 5 to 17. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Contact: The Mob Museum, (702) 229-2713

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