The Montgomery Museum of Art and History is preparing for a soft reopening in a new location

MONTGOMERY Co., Va. (WDBJ) – The Montgomery Museum of Art and History has officially moved into its new home.

The facility is now located at 4 Main Street in downtown Christiansburg.

Volunteers put the finishing touches on the new 15,000 square foot facility. The museum opened in 1989 and it closed its Pepper St. location earlier this year.

Casey Jenkins, the museum’s executive director, says they are excited about this new chapter.

“It’s a space that we can be a premier cultural institution for Montgomery County and the New River Valley in a big way. And we want to offer that as a common living room for everyone who comes in. We want everyone to see themselves in what we do in the fabric of this museum and provide service and accommodation to everyone, everyone in our community,” Jenkins said.

The soft opening of the museum will take place on June 22.

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 director of the museum. Pastries and coffee will be served until 10:30 a.m.

During the event, a bouncy house for children will be in the back parking lot, Wonder Universe: A Children’s Museum will be on site with coloring books, and Story Time with Joelle will be held inside.

The fun continues throughout the afternoon to give way to a “bonus” happy hour at 4 p.m., which will mark the official opening of a free art exhibition featuring 26 regional artists across the NRV. The Meet the Artists Reception will wrap up the day and continue until 7:00 p.m.

Complimentary wine and cheese will be available.

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’. For more information on the artists, visit montgomerymuseum.org.

Throughout the day, the museum will collect donations for Give Local NRV. This year, donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $17,700. Donations can be made online at givelocalnrv.org/organization/Mmah.

Admission is free and parking is available behind the museum.

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