New Elvis exhibitions open at Graceland, and one’s on the way to Vegas


Elvis Presley would have turned 80 in January, and there are some new exhibitions for those who want to mark the milestone.

If you’re going to Graceland, two exhibitions opened Thursday at Presley’s home-turned-museum in Memphis, Tenn. You’ll also find a splashy permanent show along with “The Elvis Experience” concert opening April 23 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Graceland visitors can expect photographs -- some from professionals, some from fans -- in a show called “I Shot Elvis.”


Aside from the pictures, also on display are white shoes he frequently wore during the 1950s and a fake brown fur suit he wore to a 1971 luncheon when the U.S. Jaycees named him one of the Outstanding Young Men in America.

“I Shot Elvis” continues until February 2017.

The second exhibition features items from the documentary “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is,” which was made in August 1970. It was filmed during his summer festival in Las Vegas.

Fans can see the contract he signed with MGM to make the movie, the original movie poster and four jumpsuits featured in the film.

It remains on display until February.

The big news from this year is that the Westgate -- formerly the International Hotel and the Hilton Hotel -- will host a permanent Elvis attraction with items such as his yearbooks, a 1971 Stutz Blackhawk car, his 1957 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and hundreds of other items.

“Elvis: the Exhibition” opens April 23 at the hotel site where Presley performed more than 600 shows.

Tickets costs $22 plus tax and fees. “The Elvis Experience,” which re-creates one of his live performances, starts at $40 plus tax and fees.


Info: Graceland