The Mob Museum’s exhibits track the epic history of organized crime in America from the late 19th century to the present day, including how this history has intertwined with mainstream events along the way.

Prohibition was arguably the most transformative period in this story, providing a lucrative opportunity for organized crime groups to grow dramatically in size and sophistication by providing illegal liquor to thirsty patrons across the country. The Museum addresses the Prohibition era in a variety of ways, highlighted by its signature artifact, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre wall.

It is only natural, then, that the Museum would choose to dig more deeply into the fascinating history of Prohibition, exploring not only the era’s bootleggers and speakeasies but its wider effects on American culture and commerce. This digital exhibit covers a vast swath of the Prohibition era, from the temperance movement that created Prohibition to federal law enforcement to the profound impact on women’s rights.

In studying Prohibition, we found that some of its legacies are still with us today, from lingering liquor laws to the slang spawned during the era to professional stock car racing. Prohibition was repealed more than 80 years ago, but it remains a presence in 21st century America.

The content of this digital exhibit, developed entirely by Museum staff, aims to enhance the experience of touring the Museum. It is a fun and educational ride through the many facets of Prohibition, one of the most interesting and misunderstood periods in American history.