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Find the Best Displays of Artists' and Movie Costumes

The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live/Susana Capra
By AAA Travel Editor Michelle Palmer
July 09, 2018
Lovers of costumes, cosplay and avid fans of movies and music will love these museums and galleries that display the clothing and props of famous characters and artists.
Michael Jackson display at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, Los Angeles.
The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live/Susana Capra

The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live

Los Angeles, California
(213) 765-6800
Many of the exhibits at this AAA GEM museum are temporary, but you can see things like an exhibit about Michael Jackson that includes outfits he performed in and items from the iconic “Thriller” music video. The temporary exhibits feature items from celebrated artists spanning music genres like rhythm and blues, jazz, doo-wop, rock and punk.
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Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

Orlando, Florida
AAA Inspector Rating
(321) 319-0600
This AAA Two Diamond restaurant specializes in delicious burgers and over-the-top drag performances, so if that’s your thing, this is the place to be. Several days a week, you can dine and enjoy a show, including a cabaret Saturday evening, the Broadway Brunch on Sunday and celebrity impersonators on the first Saturday of each month.
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Lighted guitar sign at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada
flickr/Thomas Hawk

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada
AAA Inspector Rating
(702) 693-5000
Whether you are staying in the AAA Three Diamond hotel or exploring the casino floor, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is as over-the-top as you would expect from Sin City. On display are outfits, costumes and memorabilia once owned by the likes of Elvis, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince.
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Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

Lake Charles, Louisiana
(337) 430-0043
Wind your way through a sea of capes, feathers, headpieces, masks, rhinestones and sequins in what is purportedly the largest collection of New Orleans Mardi Gras costumes. This museum operates on limited hours, but they make up for it with the sheer quantity of sparkling dresses and a photo-op section where you can try on glittering outfits and snap photos.
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Display at Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N in Las Vegas Nevada
Courtesy of Victory Hill Exhibitions

Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 897-7626
The Avengers have invaded Las Vegas at this heroic display of costumes and props used by the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. are several versions of Ironman’s armor as well as Captain America’s suit and Thor’s battle-ready attire. You’ll also have the chance to admire the costumes of Ant-Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye.
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Exterior of the Museum of Pop Culture, designed by Frank O. Gehry, in Seattle, Washington.
flickr/Josh Grenier

MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture)

Seattle, Washington
(206) 770-2700
You aren’t boldly going where no person has gone before at this AAA GEM, but you can visit the Exploring New Worlds exhibit (scheduled through fall 2018) to peruse props and costumes from the original Star Trek series. The museum also pays homage to other sci-fi/fantasy media in exhibits like Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic that display props and costume from movies and TV programs including “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
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