The Strip will soon have another attraction to entertain guests. Along with other famous Las Vegas attractions like Madame Tussaud’s, the Liberace Museum will have a new home on the Las Vegas Strip. Liberace was the entertainer of all entertainers. He was once quoted as saying “I don’t give concerts, I put on a show.” The man had the craziest outfits you will ever see. In Liberace’s world there were never enough rhinestones, glitter, feathers and gold leaf not even for Las Vegas. He even bought a Blunther Grand Piano covered in gold leaf which he labeled “priceless” due to its expense. During his heyday, he was the highest paid entertainer. Mind you, Liberace was the highest paid entertainer throughout the 1950’s-1970’s…the same time Elvis Presley and The Beatles had invaded American television and radio waves. Like Wayne Newton and Elvis, Liberace was a Vegas icon and his museum used to be one of the biggest hot spots.
The Liberace Museum has Liberace's costumes, jewelry, photos, vehicles, pianos and even more personal belongings, but because of its location off the Strip it had been suffering in recent years. It seems tourists were more interested in other Las Vegas shows or simply didn’t realize the museum was right around the corner. So, Jack Rappaport, director of the museum, decided to move the museum to the Strip.
"Liberace wanted to appeal to locals because he was so heavily involved in the community, and here was a time when we had 10, 12 tour busses stop here, but that's no longer the case," Rappaport told the Las Vegas Sun. "We're not getting the tourist traffic we used to from the Strip. It used to be tourists would gamble and lie in the sun on the Strip and not do much else, so they would see the museum. But then the Strip, over years, became an attraction unto itself, and we stopped getting so many visitors."
Students from the UNLV architecture school are already hard at work drafting a plan for a brand new Liberace museum that will be about 20,000 square feet in size. While it’s still a work in progress, the new museum will take up roughly the same amount of space as the old museum did with two buildings.
"It is a work in progress, keep that in mind," Rappaport said. "But it will be located in an area where a lot of tourists will already be visiting, and locals will still have a chance to visit the museum … this is long overdue, actually."
Now we know there will be another cool locale to check out on your next trip to the Strip. There is no official opening date yet for the museum.