It is, hands-down, the best themed museum I've ever visited. Where they got this memorabilia, I have no idea, but they've got a lot of it: Letters from jail, weapons, photos, even John Gotti's white suit and matching white shoes.
Did I mention you can listen to wiretaps? Oh yes.
Lots of interactive exhibits. And the whole thing is housed in the old courthouse building downtown.
Grab a sandwich at The Beat Coffeehouse & Records, a very cute coffee shop downtown where, the day I stopped in, they were playing the Laverne and Shirley album (who knew?) on the turntable.
Try to check out the Burlesque Hall of Fame right next to The Beat (I am, after all, a graduate of X Burlesque University), but it's closed.
Hit the highway for the four-hour drive through the Mojave Desert.
Leaving Las Vegas. Loved Las Vegas. Nobody is more surprised than me.
Rima is a writer/producer and keen observer (follow her musings at @explorima). She travels to get out of her comfort zone, challenge her pre-conceived notions, and use up as many pages in her passport as possible.