If you are a fan of Downton Abbey – and aren’t we all – you are in for a treat, with a blockbuster exhibit in NYC of costumes, sets and unseen footage from the popular series.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition allows you to – literally – step into ‘Downton Abbey’ to wander through three exhibit floors of sumptuous family rooms, the kitchen and servants quarters below stairs, and to get right up close to many of the iconic costumes and props.
New York City is the first stop on a national tour for the popular ITV and PBS series, after already being on the road in Europe and elsewhere.
The exhibit, originally scheduled to close on January 31, 2018, has been extended to Labor Day Weekend.
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Tickets for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition are timed entry, which means you are admitted any time in the 30-minute time slot you choose, and can stay as long as you like. NYC on the Cheap is told most people stay 60-90 minutes.
Full price tickets are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for children age 4-12 (children under 4 not admitted) direct from the exhibitor, with no surcharge.
The exhibit is at 218 West 57th St., at Columbus Circle.
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Also, see Elizabeth McGovern, who played the role of Cora Crowley, live on Broadway this season in the drama Time and the Conways.
The U.S. tour comes as writer Julian Fellowes and the team behind the series continue to work on a long-awaited movie adaptation of the series. Reportedly, the key challenge is reuniting the large cast.
The exhibit was put together by NBCUniversal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions.
There’s another, larger, Downton Abbey exhibit, Dressing Downton, at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, which NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter had the good fortune to see shortly after it opened on October 4th, on exhibit through Jan 7.
The Lightner is just one of several must-see things in St. Augustine, which celebrated it’s 450th birthday recently, as the oldest city in what is now the United States.
Who is your favorite Downton Abbey character? Mine is the incomparable Maggie Smith as the Dowager Duchess.