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Mob Museum Opens On Valentine’s Massacre Anniversary

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An exhibit about capturing mobsters including Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Charlie "Lucky" Luciano and Al Capone is displayed at The Mob Museum February 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opens on February 14 and chronicles the history of organized crime in America and the efforts of law enforcement to combat it.  (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

An exhibit about capturing mobsters including Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, Charlie “Lucky” Luciano and Al Capone is displayed at The Mob Museum February 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opens on February 14 and chronicles the history of organized crime in America and the efforts of law enforcement to combat it. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City is honoring one of its earliest relationships with the grand opening of a museum dedicated to the mobsters that made this desert town.

The Mob Museum opens in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday — the 82nd anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the mass killing that saw Al Capone seize control of the Chicago mob.

It’s the second mob-themed attraction to open in Las Vegas in a year. The Mob Experience at the Tropicana casino quickly shut down because of slow ticket sales and various internal problems. It’s slated to reopen soon.

City officials say their version will perform better because it’s more authentic. The museum is housed in a former federal courthouse where a U.S. Senate hearing on organized crime was held in the early 1950’s.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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