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Escondido, California: Lawrence Welk Statue and Museum Team Field Report

Welk Resort Theatre

8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, CA
Welk Resort Theatre. I-15N Deer Springs-Mountain Meadow Road exit, turn R, turn L onto Champagne Boulevard, go 2 1/2 mi. to Lawrence Welk Drive.
Aug 2020: Reported closed, Covid-19, statue MIA. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Lawrence Welk Museum.

Lawrence Welk Statue and Museum

Lawrence Welk Resort -- a museum and a happy land of polkas, waltzes, and champagne music. Statue stands out front by the parking lot. Report...

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Band stand photo op.

Lawrence Welk Museum

The roll of Lawrence Welk fans may get shorter every year (he's been dead since 1992), but the museum at the Lawrence Welk Resort is around for the long haul. It's less likely to suffer the fate of other celeb-specific museums -- such as what befell Liberace and Roy Rogers -- because it's not really a traditional museum. It's the lobby space for the Welk Resort Theatre, displays and memorabilia mounted along the walls for theater patrons to admire. No admission for the public to take a walk through, though the guy at the front desk may be on the phone the whole time, fielding phone calls for reservations to "South Pacific" or whatever musical is performed in the theater that night.

Since it's a no hassle place, we stop in whenever nearby, and try to find another bit of Welk-o-bilia we'd overlooked. Photo of the Corn Palace, perennial Lawrence Welk venue? Another special conductor baton? Disarray in the fake band stand, behind the cardboard Welk? A new Welk photo op cutout? Yes, all that and more...

[ Team, 02/09/2013]

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Deer Park Winery and Auto MuseumDeer Park Winery and Auto Museum, Escondido, CA - < 1 mi.
Antique Gas and Steam Engine MuseumAntique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, Vista, CA - 7 mi.
Frog RockFrog Rock, Vista, CA - 7 mi.
In the region:
Peter the Anteater, Irvine, CA - 50 mi.

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