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Ten years on, Mob Museum and Smith Center expand Las Vegas' cultural landscape

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Reynolds Hall of the Smith Center in Las Vegas

Like many milestones, it’s hard to believe both the Mob Museum and the Smith Center have already been with us for 10 years.

In those years, the two institutions have drawn millions and forever changed the Downtown Las Vegas cultural landscape.

For the Mob Museum, it’s become more than a collection of exhibits for tourists, thanks to a robust event calendar and popular speakeasy bar.

And if not for The Smith Center, Las Vegas might not have lured Broadway hits like Hamilton or Kinky Boots.

With both winning national acclaim, they have helped Las Vegas overcome the old stigma of being a cultural desert.


Jonathan Ullman, president and CEO, Mob Museum; Myron Martin, president and CEO, Smith Center; Brian Paco Alvarez,  anthropologist and entrepreneur; Mike Weatherford, entertainment writer 

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