Nucky Johnson resizedThe same week that HBO kicked off its third season of the hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” the Atlantic City Historical Museum – presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library – unveiled an exhibit dedicated to that era in city history.
The exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: 1920s,” features information and photographs of Atlantic City boss Enoch “Nucky” Johnson (pictured here), the man who is the inspiration behind Boardwalk Empire’s fictionalized character Nucky Thompson.

Other Atlantic City icons and landmarks synonymous with that decade are highlighted, including the first Miss America, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Mayor Edward L. Bader and various Boardwalk scenes.
Those wishing to learn more about Nucky’s empire and Atlantic City’s rich history can also visit the museum’s Web site, The site highlights many of the historical resources available at the Atlantic City Free Public Library and showcases them through online exhibits.
Please call the museum at (609) 347-5839 for more information.


The Atlantic City Free Public Library, which is a service of the City of Atlantic City, assumed management of the Atlantic City Historical Museum in August 2012. The museum, located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk, showcases the culturally diverse and exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline.