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Museum of Style Icons


The Museum hosts numerous collections and artefacts relating to Stars of the Silver Screen and many modern day artists - including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and many more.


Prince – Nothing Compares 2U

Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the eldest child and only son of his musician father and jazz singer mother. As a child, Prince showed great interest in music, even writing his first song ‘Funk Machine’ at the tender age of seven. Following his parents’ divorce Prince had an unsettled childhood, however, the one constant in his life was his use of music to channel his creativity.

By 1975, aged 17, he was playing guitar on tracks for 94 East, a Minneapolis based funk group. Prince used this time to develop his craft and it wasn’t long before his first album ‘For You’ was recorded and released. It’s worth noting Prince wrote, produced and played all 27 instruments on all bar one of the songs on his first album.

He continued to record and release music, however, it wasn’t until after 1984’s movie Purple Rain that Prince’s star really began to ascend. Following the movie’s release, it was songs such as Purple Rain, Kiss and When Dove’s Cry that began to build the legend. During this period Prince was, according to himself, “….looking for the ledge, you know, you want to see how far you can push everything and as an artist I just went there to find it.” This was never more evident than with the explicit lyrics in his song Darling Nikki, the release of which prompted Tipper Gore – wife of former American Vice President, Al Gore – to establish the Parents Music Resource Centre which led to the ‘Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics’ sticker on future album covers.

Over the next 30 years, Prince sold over 80 million albums worldwide, influencing countless future artists along the way. It was also not just his own career success he played a role in, penning hits such as ‘Nothing Compares To You’ and ‘Manic Monday’ for Ireland’s own Sinead O’Connor and The Bangles, respectively.

Prince’s property, Paisley Park, in his home town of Minnesota was the headquarters for all his work – costume designs, recordings, preparing dance routines and even performing impromptu concerts for his fans. It was here that Prince’s sudden death on April 21st, 2016 sent shock waves through the music industry.

On May 18th 2018, Julien’s Auctions will assemble at The Hard Rock Café in New York to auction off some of the personal effects of Prince. Included in the auction, is an electric blue ensemble worn on stage by Prince with Lenny Kravitz at Paisley Park in 1999 and a black velvet sequined coat worn during his performance at Studio 54 in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas also in 1999. There are many other items including clothing, jewellery, correspondence and backstage passes.

Newbridge Silverware is delighted to partner with Julien’s Auctions once again to showcase an exclusive exhibition dedicated to Prince at the Museum of Style Icons in Co Kildare. The exhibition launches on 16th March and runs until 10th May. Tickets cost €7 for an Adult and €5 for students and senior Citizens. Children under 12 go free with a paying adult. Click here to buy your tickets now.

By Jackie Cooney

Elvis and the ’Speedway' Jacket


Michael Jackson - Red Vinyl Shirt worn at the Apollo Theatre in 2002

On 24th April 2002, Michael Jackson performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York for a Democratic National Fundraiser on the request of Bill Clinton. This was to be his last performance in the US. The event is said to have raised $2.5 million dollars for a national voter registration drive. Jackson was introduced to the stage that night by the former President of the US. This custom red vinyl costume shirt with Velcro closures and bodysuit style bottom, accompanied by a sewn on black tie, black wool fedora hat and black wool button jacket with signature white silk armband were all worn together by Jackson as he performed “Dangerous” live on stage at the Apollo.

A Rugby Player’s Guide to The Museum of Style Icons

One of our brand ambassadors, Irish rugby hero, Rob Kearney presents his guide to some of the key exhibits at the award winning Museum of Style Icons.

Click on the links below to watch Rob’s Guides:

  • Princess Grace
  • Princess Diana
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Marilyn Monroe


Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00

Sunday & Public Holidays: 10:00 - 18:00
Restaurant closes at 17:00

Museum Admission Times:

Monday - Saturday: From 09:30 with last admission at 16.30
Sunday & Public Holidays: From 10.30 with last admission at 16.30


Museum Tickets:

- Adults €7
- Senior Citizens / Students €5
- Under 12's free with a paying adult


Should you wish to book a guided tour for greater than 10 people, admission is €10 per person, please contact tourinfo@newbridgesilverware.com.

Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at our Visitor Centre or buy tickets now.


Free parking in our dedicated Visitor Centre car park


Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland, W12 HT62

Tel:+35345(0) 431301

Email: service@newbridgesilverware.com

- Wheelchair accessible

- Tour groups welcome


53°10`34.48"N 6°47`48.87"W


Getting There:

By Car:

Only 30 minutes drive from Dublin. Take the M7 from Dublin (main road to Limerick, Killarney and Cork). Leave M7 at Junction 10 signed NEWBRIDGE and follow the sign into town.

By Bus:

Multiple bus operators and services through Newbridge with buses stopping in Newbridge main street approx 10 mins walk. See www.buseireann.ie, dublincoach.ie for timetable, fares and online bookings.

By Train:

Irish Rail train service available at Newbridge Train Station, station road, Newbridge, approx 20 mins walk to Newbridge Silverware. Taxis at station. Normal Service between 7am and 7pm daily (@ 30mins from Dublin). See www.irishrail.ie for up to date timetable, fares and online bookings.


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