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What Your Five Bucks Will Get You At The Linq's Polaroid Museum

Where: 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
April 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

The newest camera shop on the Strip harkens back to the finest 1948 had to offer.

The Polaroid Fotobar and Museum is newly opened at The Linq and features 8,500 square feet of space dedicated to a retail store plus an upper level exhibition space chronicling the history of the revolutionary photo company. The museum showcases one of five functioning 20x24 Polaroid cameras in existence.

The Polaroid Museum is home to the “Capturing Celebrity” exhibit, presented by the Andy Warhol Museum. Get an insider’s look at the images the famous photographer captured from behind the lens of his own Polaroid cameras. The photos in this collection depict actors, musicians and other celebrities including John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Farrah Fawcett and Muhammed Ali.

In addition to a sampling of Warhol’s Polaroids, the museum also has something Las Vegas art fans will be familiar with. Warhol’s Silver Clouds, a display of which was recently a part of the Warhol exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

The silver Mylar balloons are blown about by a fan in the corner of the museum as a Madame Tussauds wax figure of Warhol watches the action. Art lovers can pose for pictures with the creepily real-looking artist and take fun selfies with large Polaroid-style frames.

In addition to Warhol’s famous snapshots, the museum also features art from Maurizio Galimberti, Marc Serota, Maripol and Lucas Michael who himself was inspired by the work of Warhol. Michael’s Polaroids are much more modern and include Megan Fox, Eva Mendez and Jennifer Lawrence.

The museum also features products from the beginning of the company and begins the tale in a timeline that starts in 1932. View a retrospective of cameras as they've changed over the years as you learn about Polaroid’s creator Edwin Land. You can learn facts you never knew you never knew. For instance, did you know Polaroid won a $909 million settlement in 1990 against Kodak in a patent infringement suit? Perhaps, that’s why they’re still in business after smart phones and digital photography have eclipsed the technology of instant photography.

Still, there’s something to be said for the raw, probing nature of the white-bordered snapshots. Come see for yourself for an admission of $16 $5. Entry for children under 12 is free. The Linq is the new outdoor mall between Flamingo and The Quad.

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