Sunday, September 12, 2010

Liberace Museum closing

Liberace poses with his brother, George, at the Liberace Museum on April 15, 1979.

One of Las Vegas' jewel attractions, and a significant part of its cultural and entertainment history, is closing. The Liberace Museum, which has exhibited the jewelry, pianos, garish gowns and other artifacts owned by the great pianist and showman, announced today it will close effective Oct. 17. The museum opened April 15, 1979. The memorabilia that has been displayed at the museum will be stored and maintained by the Liberace Foundation Board of Directors, which is in final negotiations for a national tour of pieces of the attraction that might begin as soon as the summer of 2011. This tour would be similar to "Bodies" or "Titanic," with the artifacts displayed in a single city for a three- or four-month run. Liberace Foundation Board of Directors Chair Jeffrey Koep stressed that the attraction closing "indefinitely, but not forever." The plan and hope of the Liberace Foundation is that it will one day move the museum from its current home to a busier retail center. "We're very interested in looking at one of the centers — whether it's CityCenter or Town Square or any of the centers that have gone up in Las Vegas, or a Strip location," Koep said. - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun

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