It’s fitting that a museum focused on the rise of the American Gangster was once one of NYC’s largest speakeasies during Prohibition.
Join New York Adventure Club for a private, after-hours tour of the Museum of the American Gangster; located in one of NYC’s most notorious prohibition-era speakeasies called Scheib’s Place, the goal of the museum is to objectively present the role that crime has played in shaping the politics, culture, myth and lore of New York City — and beyond.
Our experience at the museum and former speakeasy will include:
- Encounters with museum objects such a Tommy gun and the death masks of John Dillinger.
- An exploration of the history of Jewish and Italian gangsters, and their involvement in the city’s prohibition movement
- The story of popular resistance to the anti-drinking law, from song sheets to imagery of bootleggers’ souped-up cars and boats
- A trip through the hidden and preserved spaces of the old speakeasy, including the former dance floor, bar, and basement where the owner once stashed millions in illegal cash.
After the tour, you can order a drink at that very same prohibition-era speakeasy, today known as William Barnacle Tavern! NYAC members will get $3.50 pints of draft beer and $2 off absinthe.
Click here to see pictures from one of our last trips to the Museum of the American Gangster!
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