Don Draper, Peggy Olsen and the rest of the Mad Men crew return for their final season on April 5th. NYC is marking the end of the iconic award-winning series with a giant goodbye party, with museum exhibits, panel discussions and more.
Here’s what’s on tap so far:
Museum of the Moving Image
Matthew Wiener’s Mad Men is a three-month exhibition, opening March 14, that explores the creative process behind the show, including large-scale sets of Draper’s office and the kitchen from the Draper’s Ossining home, plus costumes, props, video clips, advertising art, and personal notes and research material from series creator Matthew Weiner.
It is the first time such a large collection of objects relating to the production of Mad Men is being shown in public, and some other items are being added to the permanent display of important film and TV artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, alongside Archie Bunker’s chair and Dorothy’s ruby slippers .
The Museum will also present An Evening with Matthew Weiner and a film series featuring movies that inspired the show, selected by Weiner. The films include the Academy Award winning The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon. The films are free with admission. The Mad Men exhibit opens March 14. Museum exhbit website.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Mad Men: The End of An Era features cast members Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser and series creator Matthew Wiener discussing their favorite scenes throughout show’s seven seasons. It’s at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale in March.
The Essential Mad Men is a FREE two-day marathon of must-see episodes curated by Matthew Weiner, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Mad Men at the Movies festival, April 22-23 is films related to the NYC in the 60s, advertising, infidelity, etc. Weiner or a cast member will attend each screening to discuss that film. Event website.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
On Sunday, March 29 at 4pm Mr. Weiner will speak about the evolution of Jewish identity on Mad Men, in support of the new exhibition, Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, which opens March 31.
92nd Street Y
Wiener is speaking on April 28. Details not yet available.
The New York Public Library
The NYPL is updating its Mad Men Reading List, a collection of 25 titles read by main characters during the course of the series. There also will be displays of the books, select branches will offer copies of the books to borrow, and all NYPL patrons can access ebook versions.
After the final episode, a special installment of LIVE from the NYPL, a ticketed event. Details not yet available
Mad Men is set in New York in the 1960s, and some Sixties-era bars and restaurants continue to serve Mad Men style cocktails. Click here for some legendary hang-outs where Don, Roger and team would feel comfortable.
Mad Men final season poster and photo of Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss courtesy AMC