In about a month Las Vegas will lose another great connection to its glory days. The closing of the Liberace museum.
Snicker if you want, but I have always said that this out of the way little bit of Vegas history is a must on any true Vegas tourists’ list. I don’t care what you thought of the man; his museum peels back the curtain and lets you see what made this piano player a legend and what this legend meant to Las Vegas as well as the world of modern entertainment.
I always loved this place for the shock value it brought to my guests. Young or old, everyone has a preconceived notion of who he was. After walking through the buildings and seeing the capes, the cars, the pianos and the life, you always walked away with a new found appreciation for who he really was.
Now it all looks like all the capes, cars and pianos will be packed away. Maybe a few pieces sold off and others put on a national tour. They have hinted at a return in the future. Any way you cut it, Vegas loses again.
The sad thing is that all this could have been avoided if the foundation board had been doing its job instead of feeding its own ego. The museum gets a lot of tourists even in its off strip location. It has a lot of potential, just piss poor management and marketing.
In announcing the closure, the board blames the economy and even took a hit at the local’s lack of support that caused them to lose too much money. Not the fact that its in a bad location for tourists, relies on rent from other tenants to pay its bills (it owns the strip mall that houses the museum) and the foundation board is over paid with serious conflicts of interest.
So get out here and see it before its too late. Closing Day is October 17th