Note: The Liberace Museum closed permanently on October 18, 2010. For information on other attractions to visit, see the our list of things to do in Las Vegas.
The Liberace Museum is among the gaudiest attractions in Las Vegas, and appropriately so, as it commemorates one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Wladziu (Walter) Valentino Liberace, known for his dazzling array of costumes and showpieces. The Liberace Museum in Vegas consists of two buildings as Mr. Showmanship’s compilation of paraphernalia was so large that the first building was unable to contain the entire collection. The museum is open to the public daily, and visitors can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle that runs from the Strip to the museum on a daily schedule. While the museum does charge an admission, the Liberace Foundation uses the funding for a good cause, creating scholarships for music students, and the large selection of sparkling specimen will surely be sufficient entertainment to compensate for price.
Hailing from a family of musicians and raised to be a concert pianist, Liberace discovered at an early age that entertainment was in demand, and that’s where he would find his fortune. He began his professional career at age 20 in his debut concert as a soloist in the Chicago Symphony, continuing as an intermission performer at New York nightclubs. Several notable locations of Liberace’s performances include Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and finally Las Vegas, a match for his flamboyant personality. His opening in Las Vegas was at the Riviera Hotel in 1955. Through his talent and hard work, he became the most renowned and richest entertainer of his time.
The Liberace Foundation was established in an effort to assist blossoming artists in their endeavors to pursue careers in the creative and performing arts. Considered by Liberace himself to be his greatest achievement, the foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 2,700 students. During his life, Liberace used the stage and his own shows to assist several budding artists to bloom to their full potential and launch their own careers in the business. Visitors, tourists, and fans can contribute donations and volunteer their time to the Liberace Foundation to help continue the legacy of Liberace’s dreams to bring his love of music to the world through others who are just beginning their own careers.
The Liberace Museum in Vegas was established by the entertainer himself in 1979, showcasing his many extravagant collections, from cars to jewelry to costumes. Officially a nonprofit organization, the Liberace Museum admission fees are used for the upkeep of the establishment, as well as the funds for the foundation. Building 1 offers a look at the famous grand piano used in many concerts and his vast gallery of classic vehicles, while building 2 houses the costumes, jewelry, awards, and a reproduction of his Palm Springs bedroom. The Cabaret within the Liberace Museum highlights the famed Baldwin grand piano, where local entertainers and students offer performances throughout the year.
Open from 10 am to 5 pm from Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 pm on Sundays, the Liberace Museum in Vegas charges a reasonable admission rate, with discounts available for seniors, students, and children under 10. There are also regular admission discounts that occur at various times throughout the year. A complimentary shuttle runs along the Strip to the museum, located on Tropicana Avenue near the Pinball Hall of Fame, on a daily schedule, stopping at Treasure Island, the Mirage, the Bellagio, Excalibur, Bally’s, and the Flamingo. Whether you are a fan of the famous entertainer or are a curious bystander, visiting the Liberace Museum offers a sparkling insight to one of the most popular showmen that ever graced the Las Vegas stage.