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Here's one of the best attractions in Las Vegas! Few performers are as linked to this city as Elvis. You can still get married by "Elvis", see performers doing Elvis tributes, and even catch the Flying Elvis jumpers made famous in the film "Honeymoon In Vegas." Now, thanks to Elvis collector Chris Davidson, you can actually get as close to the real thing as possible at the Elvis-A-Rama Museum.
Just a couple of blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, this $3.5 million collection is like nothing else on earth. After being greeted by Elvis in voice, you enter the Elvis-a-Rama Museum area to see the music wall, showcasing every commercially released 45, EP, and LP ever recorded by the King along brief year-by-year history of his life. This isn't some small "county fair" type of display. The permanent museum has 8200 sq. feet full of memorabilia, including 3 cars and Elvis' first speedboat. Among the cars are his 1955 black Cadillac limo reportedly used to haul guitars and drums between tour stops and Elvis' Glastron speedboat. Displays are tastefully full of every kind of memorabilia imaginable! Record contracts, identification (including his signed Social Security card), address books, clothing, scarves, guns, sporting goods and much more. There are also interactive displays where the touch of a button plays various clips from interesting and important events His Army years are chronicled with one of only two Army trunks that he shipped back from Germany containing a set of his fatigues and 8 pages of personal, hand written correspondence between Colonel Parker and Elvis dated 1959 and 1960.
You can feel the presence of Elvis through the many and varied personally scripted items. Not just a few autographed record jackets, but things like car insurance applications, the address book containing names and phone numbers of the likes of Natalie Wood, Nick Adam, and Colonel Tom Parker, and even an autographed pair of blue suede shoes. Rings and jewelry are featured, both from his early days and more flashy (and expensive) diamond studded gold bands owned and worn by Elvis later in life. The museum houses a number of Elvis' trademark jumpsuits, including the "Cisco Kid" black and green leather-trimmed one worn in 1971 that was pictured on the "He Touched Me" album sleeve.
The museum is open 10 AM - 6 PM daily. It is located at 3401 Industrial Rd. just behind the Fashion Show mall. As an added bonus, an live Elvis tribute by one Las Vegas' noted impersonators plays almost every hour at the top of the hour. The gift shop contains the largest and most diversified number of Elvis licensed merchandise available.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|