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The American Museum & Gardens has chosen July 4th – Independence Day – to reopen its glamourous exhibition, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs, organised by the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London.

Presented thematically, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through sumptuous city tableaus, featuring a range of glamorous eveningwear. Nightclub, cinema and bustling street scenes are filled with floor-length gowns, created in satins, velvets and crepes and adorned with diamante.


Following advice from the UK Government, the Museum’s special exhibition, New American Garden, Mount Vernon Garden, and Garden Café (takeaway only) will be open from 4 July 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Hot on their heels will be the re-opening of the Museum’s main collection housed inside Claverton Manor.

Kate Hebert, Chief Curator of the American Museum & Gardens, is looking forward to welcoming members and visitors back to the glitz and glamour of the 1930s:

‘The Fourth of July always marks a special day in the Museum’s calendar but even more so this year. As we all continue to emerge from lockdown and return to a new normal, we thought some glitz and glamour from Hollywood would cheer everyone up and would make a great complement to the peace of our gardens. The exhibition also shines a light on a period of great social change; it seems history is always repeating itself.’


As part of the re-launch of the exhibition, the Museum will also host music featuring local jazz musicians, including John Martin, fun and glamour with The Natural Theatre Company and takeaway treats from the great American recipe book.

The Night & Day exhibition and gardens at the American Museum & Gardens are open on the 4th July from 10am to 5pm. Normal admission applies.

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