“The JFK Exhibition: Experience His Life and Legacy” at the New Tropicana Las Vegas opened on the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The world changed on Nov. 22, 1963 with the assassination of Kennedy. He left a legacy of progressive changes while navigating turbulent times and uplifting the presidency to mythical proportions that it was called Camelot from the times of King Arthur. Kennedy’s importance is such that conspiracy theories are still being exampled in 2014 about his assassination and what really occurred on that fateful day.
For the first time on display in the United States, the exhibition showcases two JFK limousines, a Boeing 707 Air Force One fuselage outfitted exactly the way it appeared on Nov. 22, 1963, and personal items belonging to the president and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy that are on display. It can be a self-guided tour with guides who can answer questions.
“The JFK Exhibition: Experience His Life and Legacy” was developed by owner Jim Warlick, who has been collecting presidential artifacts. In 2002, he opened his presidential museum in Branson, Miss, and took his “American Presidential Exhibition” on tour across America, showcasing items such as a replica of the Oval Office, First Ladies’ gowns and over 500 presidential items. The exhibition in Las Vegas features his largest collection of a single president’s memorabilia to date.
“Exhibiting ‘The JFK Exhibition’ in Las Vegas is the highlight of my attempt to share my collection with thousands of Americans,” said Warlick in a press release. “From those who lived during the Camelot days of JFK to those who are too young to remember but have a historical interest and fascination with one of our greatest presidents.”
The JFK Exhibition features his largest collection of a single president’s memorabilia to date, including:
- Oval Office – Full-size replica of the White House’s Oval Office, where visitors can sit behind the president’s desk, sign a bill into law and receive a souvenir photo
- Air Force One – a full-scale replica of the fuselage of Air Force One during the presidency of JFK, where visitors can take keepsake photos
- 1960 Lincoln Continental from President Kennedy’s DC motor pool
- Lincoln Continental used to transport the Kennedys to their final flight to Dallas
- Presidential Chairs – replicas of five chairs used by Presidents Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Rotary phones from the presidential suite at the Hotel Texas, which Kennedy used to make his final call
- First Ladies’ Gown Exhibit
- Personal items belonging to the president and first lady, including clothing, watches, pens, signed notes
Sponsored by LasVegasSun.com, “The JFK Exhibition” will also feature several items from the archives of Greenspun Media Group and Las Vegas Sun newspaper on JFK’s connection with Las Vegas.
The exhibition will be open daily through Jan. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Pavilion inside The New Tropicana Las Vegas. General admission is $24.95 plus fees and Las Vegas residents (with Nevada ID) admission is $19.95 plus fees. Discounts are also available for military, first responders, seniors and students. For tickets, call 800.829.9034 or visit the Tropicana Las Vegas Show Tickets desk or TropLV.com.