In true counterculture fashion, The Punk Rock Museum doesn’t plan on playing by the rules.
The soon-to-be Las Vegas landmark won’t only display the world’s most comprehensive collection of punk rock memorabilia—it will also host a unique rock-and-roll experience, tattoo parlor, wedding chapel, and bar, according to its website.
The museum plans to open on Jan. 13, 2023 and credits legendary NOFX frontman, Mike “Fat Mike” Burkett for the idea. Many of the pieces at the museum are from his personal collection. Other major investors include notable punk rockers and celebrities, including Pat Smear of the band The Germs; Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion; Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour; and Tony Hawk, according to Spin Magazine.
The museum’s bar is under the direction of P Moss, who co-owns the popular Double Down Salons, some of the most famous punk rock dive bars in the world. Moss said in an email to What Now Las Vegas that he has plans for the bar to feature a large outdoor patio and plenty of punk rock décor and memorabilia. Guests can expect the typical dive-y drinks like PBR and Pabst while also allowing for a few cocktails that pay homage to “punk rock legends and lifestyle.”
According to Moss, the bar will also be accessible to the general public and remain open after museum hours.
A few collection items include FEAR’s saxophone, Debbie Harry’s iconic clothing, Devo’s famous helmets, Rise Against historic guitars, and more, which have been featured in an interview with Burkett and Spin Magazine, and the Museum’s sneak peek collection on its website. Additionally, the new destination states that fans will be able to actually play the instruments from their favorite bands like NOFX, Pennywise, and Rise Against, eliminating the “no touching” barrier between most museums and their displays.
The building will be approximately 12,000 square feet and located near the Las Vegas strip near club Little Darlings, according to the museum’s latest Instagram posting. Presale tickets are currently available on the website for purchase.
“This is a love letter to punk rock,” said Vinnie Fiorello, former drummer for Less Than Jake, to Spin Magazine. “We want to show this common passion amongst so many different people for this form of music.”
The Punk Rock Museum will be located at 1422 Western Ave.