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SUNDAY, APRIL 11. 1999DrTROIT FREE PRESS 5E Las Vegas museums show off culture high and low : L y . " ST- ..hi liilil.l uum ' tice the beds from his Palm Springs home, covered with fur bedspreads. As you leave, you hear the strains of him playing "I'll Be Seeing You." Liberace Museum, 1775 E. Tropi-cana, 1-702-798-5595. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6.95 per person with $2 discount for students and AAA members. Treasures of King Tut Liberace may be the modern king of the wild wardrobe, but King Tutankhamen of Egypt outdid him when it came to burials. After Tut was embalmed, he was laid to rest in a gold coffin. You can see replicas of this coffin and the goods found in the chamber where he lay undiscovered for 3,000 years at an unlikely place the Luxor hotel and casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. This small but fascinating museum is worth a stop. A self-guided tour, with a cassette tape that gives history and describes what you're seeing, takes just 15 min- Imperial Palace, with one of the finest auto collections anywhere, recently held a celebrity-vehicle auction. This 1956 Ford pickup belonged to Cher. discovered in Egypt. Admission: $4. State history museum A glimpse of local history can be found at the seldom-crowded Nevada State Museum just northwest of downtown in Lorenzi Park. Here, you can find out about the area's geologic and natural history. The Mojave Desert is home to the Joshua tree and jack-rabbit, rattlesnake and roadrun-ner, gila monster and packrat. Once, giant mammoths and sloths ruled this land examples of them can be seen in their bony glory, impressive in their size. Camels and prehistoric horses also grazed here, hunted by wolves and large cats. The pattern of settlement in the Las Vegas area was the same in southern Nevada as it was in the rest of the west. Native people were overrun by white trappers, settlers and cities. Mining and railroads played their part. Then ranches took up vast acreage. A local rancher, Rex Bell, be Northeast Hartford Farmington, CT Hartford Rocky Hill, CT Stamford, CT Trumbull, CT Boston Andover, MA Boston Burlington, MA Boston Cambridge, MA Boston Copley Place, MA Boston Long Wharf, MA Boston Newton, MA Boston Peabody, MA Boston Westborough, MA Springfield, MA Portland, ME Nashua, NH Absecon - Seaview, NJ Hanover, NJ Newark Airport, NJ Park Ridge, NJ Princeton, NJ Saddle Brook, NJ Somerset, NJ Teaneck at Glenpointe, NJ Albany, NY BuffaloNiagara, NY LaGuardia, NY Long Island, NY New York Brooklyn, NY New York Eastside, NY New York Financial Center, NY New York World Trod Cntr, Rochester Airport, NY Rochester Thruwoy, NY is.. 1 5 -' ,;. ifi'-"- utes. The tape reminds the viewer that archaeologist Howard Carter found the tomb in 1922. Grave robbers had already found the tomb, but only removed a fraction of what there was mostly perfumes and precious oils. What the visitor is seeing here, of course, is a re-creation of what Carter found. Still, it's impressive 4 Associated Press and evokes the feeling of being there. Almost. King Tutankhamen's Tomb & Museum, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, in the Luxor hotel and casino, 1-702-262-4000. Open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Four rooms replicated from King Tut's tomb as it was when it was " " ...i '....-. ... V. came a silent movie cowboy hero! and married Clara Bow. Holly-.' wood discovered Vegas. , , In 1931, gambling was legalized , for the first time since it was abolished in 1910. Men like Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel moved in and be-J gan to cash in. The city became an! adult playground. , , , As the Depression waned, H09-; ver Dam was built, bringing an economic boom. The military be-, came a presence in the 1940s with the advent of World War II, bring- ing another source of jobs. Atomic! bomb testing in the 1950s brought,' out protesters. ..' Out of the desert was born a rising city, built on gambling and,' tourism but with its own blend of-garish charm and social problems that remain today. Nevada State Museum, 700, Twin Lakes Drive, l-702-486-5205t Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Takej- 15 north to 1-95 west. Exit at Valley View and go north to Bonanza Road , and turn right. Turn left onto Twin Lakes and enter the gate into Lorenzi Park and follow the signs. Ad-'4 mission: $2 for adults. NY Detroit Troy, Ml Ypsilanti, Ml Minneapolis Airport Bloomington, MN Minneapolis City Center, MN Minneapolis Southwest, MN Kansas City Airport, MO Kansas City Downtown, MO St. Louis Airport, MO St. Louis West, MO Omaha, NE Cleveland Airport, OH Cleveland Downtown at City Center, OH Cleveland East, OH Columbus North, OH Dayton, OH Madison West, Wl Racine, Wl Southwest Scottsdale Suites Old Town, AZ Albuquerque, NM Oklahoma City Waterford, OK Dallas Quorum by the Galleria, TX Dallas Solana, TX El Paso, TX Houston - JW Marriott by the Galleria, TX Houston North at Greenspoint, TX Houston West Loop by the Galleria, TX Houtfon Wited, TX West Harriott. BY LINDA DUVAL Colorado Springs Guclle Telegraph lS VEGAS - The pink Lincoln that belonged to Marilyn Monroe. The shiny black armored parade car that carried Adolf Hitler. The odd-shaped 1982 Popemobile built for a papal visit to Britain. There's a lot more to Las Vegas than casinos. For a look at the unusual history of this city with the world's oddest skyline, check out its museums. The above-mentioned cars, for example, are just a small sample of the amazing automobiles at the Antique & Classic Auto Collection in the Imperial Palace hotel and casino's parking garage. Long considered one of the finest auto collections in the world, it has a whole room devoted to Deu-.' senbergs. The car that inspired the phrase, "It's a doozy (Deusy)" also inspires reverential oohs and aahs from visitors. These aren't just cars. They're personalities. There's a tan and black 1929 Le Baron Phaeton. A red and black 1930 Le Baron Dual Cowl Sweep Panel. These are cars that conjure images of Nick and Nora Charles or, if you don't know who they are, Chicago gangsters. You can see them roaring down a gravel road, dust flying, driven by some guy with an ascot. On the other end of the spectrum, in the main museum room, is a 1908 Buick truck shades of Ma and Pa Kettle. That room also contains a 1972 Stutz Blackhawk Coupe owned by Sammy Davis Jr., a 1953 Piaggio motorized rickshaw from Italy and a 1939 Chrysler that was the first car young Johnny Carson learned to drive. There's the baby blue 1954 Chrysler New Yorker used by Howard Hughes, complete with a specially built air purification system installed in the trunk. It cost more than the car. All the windows, except the driver's, are scaled. Perhaps most interesting to history buffs are Hitler's 1939 Mercedes-Benz parade car, the gleaming black 1935 Packard used by Kmperor Hirohito of Japan, a 1962 custom-built Chaika used by Nikita Khrushchev and cars used to carry presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower. Movie buffs might recognize the 1908 Unic, which was used in "My Fair Lady," and no one could doubt that the last car in the ex- hibit belonged to pianist Liberace. It's a 1981 Zimmer Golden Spirit, built just for him. One assumes, anyway, that the car didn't come with candelabra mounted on the hood. Imperial Palace Antique & Classic Auto Collection, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 1-702-731-3311. Open 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. More than 200 cars displayed on the fifth floor of the Imperial Palace's parking garage. Admission: $6.95 per person. Liberace Museum Speaking of Liberace, there's a three-building museum just east of downtown devoted entirely to one of the world's greatest showmen. Jt starts with a collection of pianos, ranging from one played by Chopin to a rhinestone-stud-ded Baldwin grand played by Liberace. The rhinestones match the car he drove and a suit he wore both entirely studded with the blinding beads. There's a wall full of celebrity photos of him with (or signed by) Debbie Reynolds, Jimmy Durante, Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley A fascinating video plays continuously. : Jn the next building, you'll find elaborate china and glassware, as well as other personal and household goods, owned by Liberace. And in the third building perhaps the most fascinating Z are his out landish costumes. It all started with a gold lame jacket, but soon escalated to costumes that are almost unbelievable. One weighed 200 pounds. Others cost 4 Liberace: Three buildings worth many thou sands of dol lars, trimmed with jewels and expensive fur. He favored pink, purple, red and other warm colors, as well as white, gold and black. ; They're always fanciful, and sometimes outrageous, such as the red-white-and-blue sequined hot pants tux he wore for the bicen tcnnial. " In an anteroom, be sure to no s , -! 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