Heading out of Las Vegas early on a Sunday morning we accidentally drove up on a piece of Americana, the Liberace Museum. Another serendipitous MidLife Moment.

We were early, but it didn’t matter because we knew we  would be first in line to see all the glitz, glamor and opulence that was Liberace! Sadly, this was the very last day it would be open. Due to the economic downturn and decline in visitors the Liberace Museum was closing. We made it just in time.

The Liberace Museum was home to his collections of rare and antique pianos, classic cars, famous sequined, bejeweled costume wardrobe, glittering stage jewelry, rare antiques and his private papers and memorabilia.

Liberace had an astounding array of prestigious awards, including: Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Dressed Entertainer and Entertainer of the Year. He had two Emmy Awards, six gold albums, and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s highest paid musician and pianist.He was known around the world as “Mr. Showmanship.”

The good news is that the memorabilia at the Liberace Museum will be maintained. While details have not been announced, a
national touring exhibit is in the works. In addition, the board of the museum plans to research options for a location change to make the Museum more accessible to potential patrons.

On a side note, we had the unexpected pleasure of running into another celebrity of sorts. Like “Wheres Waldo” see if you can spot, Twitter celebrity, Lori Moreno making a cameo appearance in the “Behind” The Behind the Scenes MidLife Road Trip “Closing of the Liberace Museum” segment.

 

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