On October 17, Las Vegas’ Liberace Museum closed. Opened in 1979, the quirky museum held a collection of Liberace’s memorabilia: jewelry, clothing, cars and pianos–all in a flamboyant Early Vegas style that favored sequins, rhinestones, feathers, and mirrors. Liberace was a well-known performer and pianist from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s, and at one time was one of the Strip’s biggest acts.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, the museum drew 450,000 visitors a year at its peak, in comparison to about 50,000 in recent years. Officials cited declining visitation as a primary reason for the museum’s closing.
Museum officials plan to take an exhibition of Liberace’s memorabilia on tour, and are hopeful they’ll be able to reopen the museum in the future.
Photos courtesy of Ethan Prater