Excitement was ubiquitous as dozens of eager visitors visited the museum Monday to admire the 41 dresses and 125 artifacts celebrating Grace’s life.
"She's classic," said Kelley Snead, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va., clutching articles about Kelly before entering the exhibit.
Lisa Tremper Hanover, the museum's chief executive officer, was pleased with the exhibit's early results. She said that about 3,000 advance tickets and hundreds of group tours had been booked for the three-month showing.
Kelly, of of Alfred Hitchcock's "cool blondes" in the late 1950s. She married into Monaco's royalty and ended her Hollywood career, but died in a car accident in 1982.