On Thursday, February 14, The Mob Museum, along with the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will commemorate its seventh anniversary with a one-day-only special event that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago.
Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to experience The Chicago 00 Project’s virtual reality experience that will take you inside the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
“From the day the Museum opened, on February 14, 2012, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre wall and related ballistics evidence have been among our most important artifacts. Because of these objects, the Museum stands uniquely positioned to tell this story,” explained Jonathan Ullman, president and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum in a statement. “We are delighted to partner with The Chicago 00 Project, a collaboration between the Chicago History Museum and Professor Geoffrey Alan Rhodes of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to bring this new, technologically enhanced, historically rich insight into the Massacre to our visitors.”
By superimposing images from then and now in virtual reality, the award-winning VR experience transports audiences to the exact spots where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place. Wearing Google Cardboard VR Goggles or the Museum’s Oculus Go, along with smartphones, guests will hear the story of the massacre and tour five sites and more than 30 historical photos and documents from the Chicago History Museum’s archive.
The Valentine’s Day Massacre took place on February 14, 1929. Chicago police discovered the bodies of seven men, all shot in the back and riddled with bullets in a Northside garage. The site and men were associated with the Prohibition-era bootlegging gangs, then led by Al Capone and George “Bugs” Moran. The images taken from that fateful day became front page news, and guests to the Museum will be able to see those and others of event.
Guests can also take in other permanent exhibits related to the Massacre. Artifacts include ballistics evidence recovered from the scene and original coroner’s documents concerning the victims and reports prepared by pioneering forensic scientist, Calvin Goddard.