Thanks to shows such as "CSI" and "NCIS," American TV audiences are increasingly familiar with the techniques and nomenclature of forensic science. From blood spatter analysis ("Dexter") to decomposition rates ("Bones"), postmortem investigations are part of pop culture. But to no one's great shock, the field's portrayal on TV doesn't always line up with what actually happens in the field.
For better insight, Las Vegas visitors will soon be able to step inside a new Crime Lab exhibit at the Mob Museum, where they can learn about techniques such as fingerprint gathering and ballistics testing through interactive displays and hands-on activities. The Crime Lab is one element of a major renovation
to the popular museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, which opened in Downtown Las Vegas in 2012. In addition to the Crime Lab, the renovations, which will reportedly cost $6.5 million, will include an exhibit on organized crime in the 21st century, an educational firearms experience inspired by actual police training, an expanded retail store and a cafe with light food.
Since opening, the Mob Museum has received more than 1.3 million visitors.
"We are eager to reinvest in our future growth and create exciting new ways to advance our mission and positively impact the community," said Mob Museum executive director and CEO Jonathan Ullman in a statement. "This improvement project will result in enhanced guest amenities and an even richer exhibit experience."
Work is slated to begin this summer and to be completed by spring 2018. The museum will remain open to visitors throughout the renovation.