Monday, May 18, 2009

The Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons

This is Ireland's newest museum, which opened in June 2007. It has already attracted great attention, not only for its permanent collection of iconic dresses and gowns once worn by stars such as Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Jean Simmons, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, the Beatles and many more, but also from its temporary exhibitions.

Since opening they have had a few coups in the memorabilia world. From staging the near-auction of Michael Jackson's bits and bobs, over a 1,000 items went on display for a month, (the auction was cancelled). Over 30,000 people from all over the world came to see the exhibition which included crystal-encrusted gloves, iconic fedoras, bejewelled crown, a full-length, ermine-trimmed red velvet cape.

Their current exhibition consists of 150 items from the Californian home of Marilyn Monroe. They are going on show here before being auctioned back in the United States.

So whether you are a follower of fashion, the movies, the whole Hollywood superstar thing, this is a place to visit. You might also buy some nice silver while you are there...

The Museum of Style Icons is located at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre.

Style Icon Museum
Newbridge Silverware Showrooms,
Co. Kildare

Tel. (+353-45) 431301
Fax. (+353-45) 432759

Museum Opening Hours:
Open 7 days
Hours: 9-5.30pm

No entrance fee

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