American Museum

Relax in America without leaving the city

Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

This year the American Museum & Gardens has welcomed its most glamorous exhibition yet, Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and 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 evening wear. Nightclub, cinema and bustling street scenes are filled with floor-length gowns, created in satins, velvets and crepes and adorned with diamante.

From couture to classic, there is something for every fashionista. Not only will there be dresses and outfits galore, but also fabulous 1930s photography, which encapsulates the era. Travel through the decade, passing art deco architecture, visiting wild parties and basking in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Glorious gardens for all

The gardens at the American Museum & Gardens offer the perfect escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Opened in September 2018 by Alan Titchmarsh, the New American Garden is the first European commission for Washington DC-based landscape architects Oehme, van Sweden.  The planting follows the free-form style made famous by the firm’s founders, Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden.  Native American shrubs, perennials, and bulbs feature heavily, but the garden is designed to work with the steep terrain and enhance the view over the Limpley Stoke Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Museum’s gardens also feature a reproduction of George Washington’s upper garden as it would have appeared on his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia in 1799.  Our Mount Vernon garden features ornamental planting, fruit and vegetables, and boxwood hedges in the shape of four fleur de lis which symbolize the friendship between America’s first president and the Marquis de Lafayette.

The exhibition and gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm until the 20th December. Dogs on leads welcome in the gardens. Normal admission applies. Please see the museum’s website for more details.