The Montgomery Museum reopens in a new location

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After two months of temporary closure, the Montgomery Museum of Art and History has moved its operations to downtown Christiansburg and is ready to reopen its new 15,000 square foot facility at 4 East Main St.

The soft opening, scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, will feature many festive moments, free family activities, and all-new history and art exhibits. This pre-opening will be celebrated in conjunction with Give Local NRV, a nonprofit giving campaign administered by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

The day will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce at 9 a.m. with brief remarks from the chamber president, the mayor of Christiansburg and the museum director. Viennese pastries and coffee will be served until 10:30 a.m.

A bouncy house for children will be on site in the rear parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with additional arts and crafts activities inside the building. Wonder Universe: A children’s museum will also be on site with coloring books and a “What would you put in your museum?” activity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bubble machine will be available for children outside in the rear parking lot. At noon, a celebratory cake cutting will take place in the main hall of the museum to commemorate the soft opening with brief remarks. In addition, story time with Joelle will take place inside the museum at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The fun continues throughout the afternoon to make way for a “bonus” happy hour at 4 p.m., which will mark the official opening of a free art exhibition featuring twenty-six regional artists at through the NRV. This get-together reception with the artists will close the day and will continue until 7 p.m. Complimentary wine and cheese will be available. For more information on the artists, please visit www.montgomerymuseum.org. The show will run throughout the summer, ending August 31. New historical exhibits to be unveiled include ‘Image of the Past’, ‘Time Travels’ and ‘Documenting History’.

Throughout the day, the museum will collect donations for Give Local NRV. This year, the museum’s board and staff are proud to announce that donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $17,700. Donations are strongly encouraged and will help the Museum offer new cultural programming in its new, reimagined facilities. Donations can be made online at this link or in person and in cash/cheque.

Admission to the museum is free and parking is available behind the museum and on Main Street in downtown Christiansburg.

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