LGA was contracted by The MOB Museum to assist in the conceptual design for new renovations to the existing Museum. Work centered around the basement and first floor areas with the effort concentrated on creating additional exhibits, entertainment venues, and a new and exciting integrated retail and food experience.
LGA’s team included Henderson Engineers, Inc. and ESG Construction Consultants and the team worked very closely with Museum staff, Mike Devine, Event Network, Gallagher Associates, TI, and the Las Vegas Distillery. LGA verified the existing conditions and systems within the building and coordinated the various comments into a comprehensive conceptual plan which is included in this report. An Engineering Report detailing the extent of building system modifications required and a conceptual project budget summary are also included.
The theming, as developed by the team, results in new and more interactive experience areas within the museum and adds amenities that will enable longer and more frequent visitation and customer experiences as follows:
Basement Overview – Prohibition: Culture and Conquest
- Entire lower level dedicated to Prohibition era, when organized crime groups grew and profited dramatically by addressing public demand for alcohol
- Alleyway sets the scene, transporting guests back in time
- Speakeasy area interprets economic, political and cultural trends of period; features a working bar, exhibits on jukebox industry and rackets, and performance stage
- Distillery area tells the story of manufacturing and transportation of liquor during Prohibition; features a working still that produces moonshine, whiskey, and gin
First Floor Overview – Organized Crime and the Changing Landscape
- Current exhibits reconfigured to show legal innovations and technological advancements used to decimate traditional organized crime in second half of 20th century.
- Two all new, separately ticketed, interactive experiences – a firearms training simulator and a forensic science lab — provide hands-on opportunities to understand techniques used for investigating crimes and the training of law enforcement officers.
- A new, common area exhibit space illustrates the transformation of organized crime in the 21st century and where it now manifests on a global scale.
Other themes, including current exhibits addressing the Mob in popular culture, are included in the integrated retail and cafe space.