If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know we’ve been giving you an all-access look at the Hard Rock Las Vegas’ Memorabilia Exhibition. We gave you a sneak peek with Beau Dobney, went behind the scenes to show you how memorabilia exhibits are created and most recently spotlighted the “wall of women” inside the exhibit, a homage to some of music’s greatest female artists.
Today, we’re shining the light on the Hard Rock Las Vegas itself. It feels right as we head into the last several months before the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas officially closes and the property begins its spectacular transformation in 2020.
As you walk through the exhibit, you can’t help but stop and reminisce about the beginnings of this iconic rock and roll hotel in Las Vegas. Truly, a first of its kind, the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas was the first Hard Rock to open around the country. Since then, the Hard Rock brand has developed hundreds of hotels across the globe.
The exhibit includes incredible memorabilia from the early days of the resort. Things like the original concept drawings of the exterior of the property, casino floor and hotel suites. There’s also the artwork for the first outdoor billboard that was ever designed to promote the property. It’s leading headline “Coming Soon: A New Kind of Family Hotel” features the band Aerosmith and harkens rock and roll fun.
You’ll find the original AJ’s Steakhouse sign. The steakhouse was known for its piano bar, retro-hip design and basic steak and potatoes menu. AJ’s, which opened in 1999 and closed in 2009, captured the Rat Pack vibe better than any place in town during that time and was well-known and loved by many.
The vast selection of one-of-a-kind musical memorabilia pieces in the exhibit are getting a lot of attention from Hard Rock fans around the globe. They are not only fun to look at and commemorate how the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has evolved through the years, but they are also a testament as to how Vegas continues to reinvent itself. It’s powerful to honor the past as we look to the future. The Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Admission is free. The Exhibit is located off the Paradise Road entrance, just before Pink Taco. This is a limited engagement so check it out now!