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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Battle of the Las Vegas Mob Museums
Okay...We know about the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, aka The Mob Museum due to debut in Spring 2011. The forces spearheading the museum are the City of Las Vegas and the not-for-profit group 300 Stewart Avenue Corp. It's to be housed in a historic former federal court house and U.S. post office. (Pictured above.) To read more, check out these two sites: http://www.themobmuseum.org/ and http://www.lasvegasmikey.com/mob.htm.
But that's not all. Antoinette Giancana, daughter of slain Outfit kingpin, Sam Giancana, plans to open her own mob exhibit in Sin City. It would would occupy a strip location still to be decided. Fully financed, Giancana is partnering with Jay Bloom and Charlie Sandefur.
You can check out the particulars at http://www.thechicagosyndicate.com/2009/07/antoinette-mafia-princess-giancana-to.html.
There's one big difference in the two projects. Technically, the Giancana project will not be a permanent museum, but rather an exhibit with a definite end date. Perhaps the best comparison is stated here: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/sep/11/not-yet-built-mob-museum-may-get-rival/.
Whether it's a battle of mob factions or a complementary arrangement where both sides stand to benefit remains to be seen. I'm betting on the latter.