Editors note: I was a guest of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).

Marilyn Monroe, born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, was an American actress and model.

She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950’s and was an absolutely beautiful woman, with an extraordinary life “behind the scenes”.

The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), has been lucky enough to host an ‘Albury only’ Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon exhibition which captures the life of Marilyn through artwork, photography and videography.

I was very excited to be invited along to visit this exhibition, which showcases Marilyn both in front of the camera, as well as the aspects of her life that were “behind the scenes”. It shows iconic imagery and artworks that were created both during her life and following her death.



This showcase into Marilyn’s life was a great eye opener for me. Having never really learnt or known much about the history of Marilyn Monroe, I was incredibly amazed at how beautiful and photogenic she really was, and I constantly found myself staring at some of the photos in absolute awe!

 “To most commentators, Monroe was a bundle of paradoxes. She’s sexual but innocent, that womanly body vying with that little-girl voice. She’s vulnerable but also driven and calculating in her pursuit of star status” – MAMA. 




The exhibition features over 100 photographs, paintings, videos and artefacts that celebrates and recognises the image of Marilyn Monroe, as she continues to electrify the world post her death in 1962. It also shows glimpses into Marilyn’s personal life and private moments, where she struggled with her own fame.

There were some particularly electrifying photographs, that really encapsulated Marilyn, her life and her personality. Famed artists such as Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Antonio de Felipe, Milton H. Greene and Andy Warhol, among others, capture these many sides of Marilyn.






“The exhibition will coincide with a ‘festival of Marilyn’ which will include screenings of her movies, furniture from the 1950s and 1960s and memorabilia drawn from public and private collections in Australia”MAMA.

Mum and I truly enjoyed visiting this showcase, and we found ourselves wandering back and forth throughout the exhibition space, taking in all that was Marilyn and her extensive history as an American icon. The MAMA have done a fantastic job in displaying this exhibition, and the interaction stations and dress up opportunities (yes, we popped the Marilyn wig on!), were an excellent additional element.

There are also various other Marilyn Monroe inspired events that will occur throughout the months of the exhibition. Click here to check them out!

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

When: Friday 12 February – Sunday 8 May 2016

Where: Paul Ramsay Galleries, MAMA.


Single entry:

Adult – $15.00
Concession/Student – $12.00
Member of MAMA (moMAMA) – $12.00

Season Pass: Unlimited entry

Adult – $20.00
Concession/Student – $15.00
Member of MAMA (moMAMA) – $15.00

Children under 14 Free


For more information about MAMA, visit mamaalbury.com.au.

Post your visit to Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, I recommend you stop for lunch or dinner at the adjoining cafe – Canvas Eatery who work in collaboration with the MAMA.

You can read all about my stay at Atura Albury – here.

Book your ‘Date with Marilyn Monroe’ with a stay at Atura Albury – here.

All images unless otherwise stated are my own.