Las Vegas Kitsch : Going Beyond the Well-Known Sin City

  Alladin's Lamp (Image: Wikimedia)

Sure, Las Vegas is known for its luxury hotels and five star restaurants, but let’s not forget that it’s also home to some first-rate kitsch attractions!

 

Here are three of the best places to get your fill of kitsch culture, both on and off the strip.

 

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum—Las Vegas

 

The Venetian

 

3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109-8911

 

Tel.: (702) 862-7800

 

Hours:10am-11pm

 

Web: www.madametussauds.com/LasVegas/

 

Admission fee: $24 per person

 

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt, Nicholas Cage or the Blue Man Group during your time in Vegas, head straight to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in the Venetian. You’ll have “encounters” with more than 100 wax celebrities on display in six differently themed areas.

 

At $24 per person, Madame Tussauds is one of the pricier kitsch experiences one can have in Vegas, but true kitsch aficionados will think it’s worth every penny.

 

Neon Boneyard and Neon Museum

 

East end of Fremont Street Experience

 

Las Vegas, NV 

 

Tel.:(702) 387-NEON

 

Hours: Outdoor walking tour open 24 hours a day (best to go at night)

 

Admission fee: $15 per person

 

Web: http://www.neonmuseum.org/fremont-street-gallery.html

 

Located at the east end of the Fremont Street Experience (a kitsch experience in and of itself), the Neon Museum displays vintage multi-colored neon signs from defunct or renovated Las Vegas hotels, casinos, and restaurants dating back to the1940s.

 

Kitsch favorites include the Hacienda Horse and Rider from the Hacienda Hotel and Aladdin's Lamp from the original Aladdin Hotel. The experience is simply dazzling if you go at night.

 

Liberace Museum

 

1775 East Tropicana Avenue

 

Las Vegas, NV 89119

 

Tel.:(702) 798-5595

 

Hours: Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-4pm

 

Admission fee: $12.50 per adult (child, student and senior rates available)

 

Web: http://www.liberace.org/

 

A veritable shrine to one of the kitschiest figures of all time, The Liberace Museum houses treasures from the late musician’s personal life and career. Here you can gaze in wonder at the mirror-covered cars, glittery pianos and opulent threads of the king of kitsch, Walter Valentino Liberace (1919-1987).

 

There is also quite a bit of literature on his life and career as well as on the Liberace Foundation (if you aren’t too blinded by sequins to read it).

 

 

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