Museum of the American Gangster

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Museum of the American Gangster

Museum of the American Gangster
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1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Located in a former speakeasy, the Gangster Museum's goal is to objectively present the role that crime has played in shaping the politics, culture, myth and lore of New York City -- and beyond.
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Joan C
Vernon6 contributions
Interesting small museum
Feb 2020
Traveled here on Feb 14; anniversary of St Valentines Day massacre. Tour guide very knowledgeable, we didn’t budget enough time to visit so had to leave tour early.
Fascinating building with speakeasy underneath, which people were eating and drinking in, really great place in cool neighborhood.
Written February 17, 2020
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Linda P
New York City, NY3 contributions
Not open
Feb 2020 • Couples
Disappointed to find it closed after walking all the way there on a rainy day. Perhaps we needed make a reservation but didn't see that requirement on the website.
Written February 12, 2020
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Paul N
Birmingham, UK11 contributions
Unique little find
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stumbled across this place not the usual museum you would expect but both of our hosts were brilliant and very enthusiastic, the tour gives you a real insight into what it was like in the day and lots of history in the building
Written February 7, 2020
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Jodi H
Fayetteville, NC6 contributions
Sorry NOT a museum
Dec 2019
This was sadly, not a museum, but two small rooms, with the walls covered with pictures and information pulled off the internet and glued on foamcore backing to display. While there were some artifacts and a Tommy gun displayed, you don't really get the opportunity to do anything but walk by them and look as there is a "tour". The' tour' is an hour and a half lecture where you are seated in the smaller of the two rooms where a "facilitator" lectures you information that you learned in school or could look up yourself on the internet.When the lecture is over, you are asked to leave so the next group can come in so you can't even look at anything. I thought we would see a video presentation that would have enhanced or livened up the lecture as there was a tv in the room we were seated in, but no. Do not waste an hour and a hour of your time going here.
Written December 30, 2019
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A_Miracle_Day
New York City, NY168 contributions
Surprisingly Fun and Informative
Nov 2019
We wanted to get out of the house after Thanksgiving with family staying with us, of course no one could agree on what to do, so we decided on tickets here. A lot of skepticism went along with this booking and even when we first walked in we weren't sure we hadn't made a mistake... but once the tour started we were so pleasantly surprised! Kathleen, our tour guide, was awesome! It's an interactive tour, meaning, you're not just walking around a museum looking at art (which some of my party were vehemently against) nor was it a dry tour guide giving a dry spiel over and over again. What this turned out to be was a lively tour hitting on points in American history that attributed to the rise and fall of the American Mob/Gangsters. Starting in the museum, and going into the bar downstairs, and theatre next door, you are in a historic building with a great story. Our party ranged from ages 11 - 50 and we all were engaged and had a good time. The tour is an hour and a half long, when booking online it only shows you 1pm, which caused me a moment of panic until I realized that you are booking the DAY of the tour and you can go at any time. (1, 2:30, 4) If your looking for an activity to get out of the cold of a little while in a cool part of NYC, I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary. ** Note you must go up and down stairs for this tour, so wheelchairs and those who have difficulty would not be recommended for this**
Written December 1, 2019
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Sylvia
London, UK4 contributions
a quirky and fascinating little museum
Aug 2019
It was a little smaller than I expected, but it was really interesting nonetheless. The guided tour was great, really informative and the woman who did the tour with me was really engaging and funny. A great piece of history in downtown NYC!
Written September 3, 2019
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Andrea D
Garden City, NY18 contributions
Not worth $20/ person.
Jul 2019
Let's start off with the fact that it is $20/ person to sit in this room and look at printed out photos and articles of what you can basically learn by either googling, watching GoodFellas or Boardwalk Empire or any 'gangster' film for that matter. The ONLY interesting part of this is that the building was a speakeasy back in the day. In fact, they take you next door to the speakeasy itself to take a look. For $20/ person, at the very least, include a beer at the speakeasy. Just a little more effort, maybe a nice dusting and some organization and this could be something special. Other than that, don't waste your money. Go spend money at The Met, MOMA, Guggenheim, Whitney, literally anywhere else.

That being said, I have to give props to our "tour guide." He did a great job explaining everything and seemed to really know his stuff. He did a great job. But again, not worth $20. Sorry.
Written August 5, 2019
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Mister219
New York City, NY140 contributions
HOODWINKED! BAMBOOZLED! FRAUDULENT!
Jul 2019 • Couples
Its a SHAME what people can get away with! I wouldn't knock anothers hustle, but C'MON MAAN! You have to put somemore effort in to it! Ok so I got the tickets off of groupon. 2 enters for $20. I thought it was a steal. Reg price iz $20for 1. When we get there the addeess is wrong. Its says 80 St.Marks but its really 78 St.Marks. theres a sign on the street pointing to go up to the building. We walked up one flight up. The door was cracked. We walked in.... I SWEAR THIS WAS SOMEONES APARTMENT!🤦🏽‍♂️ These were pics printed from a computer. No real newspaper articles. No real artifacts. It look like something 3 teenagers put together for like a science or history project. The guy who ran the thing did not do a tour. But then again... WHAT TOUR?! The space was a studio apartment without the kitchen or bathroom. Lol it was horrible. Thank God i only paid $20. Cuz lawd knows I wudda turned up in tht place had it been more. I would have really showed him something GANGSTA!!!!! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!! And i only gave it one circle cuz i could not give it zero cicles.
Written July 20, 2019
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Jayelle08
Bexleyheath, UK80 contributions
Quirky!
May 2019 • Couples
If you are interested in American Gangsters and the history you’ll like this. Although it’s not a museum in a typical sense. It’s two rooms with artefacts and photos etcs and you get a talk, which I found to be really interesting. Although I think the guy that gave the talk was a little talked out as he seemed a bit on autopilot :). There’s some great little anecdotes and they take you inside a former speakeasy - the museum and the speakeasy are located on former gangster owned sites. I really enjoyed it. It would have been good to find out what happened to Scheib.

We paid via groupon so got an entry for $10 each. I wouldn’t recommend paying the $20.

Also - this doesn’t open until 1 pm and then they give a tour immediately. If you miss that you need to go back at 2.30 pm, so plan it right timewise or you could be hanging about. Lucky Luciano’s childhood is only a couple of blocks away too :).
Written May 20, 2019
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Pam P
Morristown, NJ103 contributions
BEWARE - May be closed - Cannot call them on phone - Unpredictable hours
Apr 2019 • Family
Drove 75 mins from NJ to check out this museum with the family. We get there on Sunday at 3:30 (web site says it's open 1-6 pm) and there's a sign on the door saying they're closed due to illness. Now, that's understandable I suppose, BUT I tried to telephone them a number of times to be sure of their hours, prices, etc. and the phone #s listed on the web site and on Internet are NOT IN SERVICE. Luckily I was able to get a refund on my Groupon, but what a disappointment to go all that way, spend money on the tolls and gas and parking and it's closed, not just for tours, but closed, locked.
Written April 7, 2019
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