This may be a “Downton Abbey” fan’s dream come true: You can now take a journey through the home featured on the popular television show!
Visitors to a new exhibition opening in November at the Biltmore estate in North Carolina will get a glimpse into the life of the Crawleys and the servants of the grand home.
“Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition” will feature costumes from the show, set recreations, exclusive multimedia elements and more. With the “Downton Abbey” film hitting U.S. theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, this is a great supplement for the show’s fans.
The exhibition will be in two locations at the Biltmore, which is the fourth stop on its U.S. tour. It opens Nov. 9, 2019, and runs through April 7, 2020.
This incredible exhibition made its debut in the United States in November 2017 when it first opened in New York City. The exhibition also showed in West Palm Beach, Florida. Currently, it is in Boston at The Castle at Park Plaza.
Guests who visit the exhibit will get an up-close look at more than 50 costumes worn on the show by actors such as Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.
The exhibit “will also provide a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian era in which the TV series is set” and offer in-depth insight into the remarkable events that shaped the world, such as World War I,” according to a news release from the Biltmore.
“There are many parallels between ‘Downton Abbey’ and Biltmore’s real-life story of the Vanderbilt family, their friends and staff. We know the world of ‘Downton Abbey’ really resonates with our guests. With ‘Downton Abbey: The Exhibition’, we’re excited to provide a new, interactive experience unlike any we have had at Biltmore,” said Biltmore director of entertainment and event programming Travis Tatham.
People who visit the exhibit will get to see the historical context of the subject matter of the show, and “learn more about the society, culture and issues, which led to the stories we told,” said Gareth Neame, executive chairman of Carnival Films and executive producer of “Downton Abbey.”
If you’ve never been to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, wow — you are in for some majestic views and splendor.
The home was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt and has 250 rooms. The French Renaissance chateau is considered America’s largest home.
The Biltmore houses the Vanderbilt family’s original furnishings, including arts and antiques.
There are often multiple exhibits, and the home is especially stunning when it’s decorated during the holidays.
The Biltmore sits on 8,000 acres and has multiple gardens. The estate’s grounds include Antler Hill Village, which has an award-winning winery.
Also at the Biltmore are numerous restaurants, event and meeting venues, and two places to stay, including the newer Village Hotel, which opened around Christmas 2018.
With the “Downton Abbey” exhibit plus the regular features of the Biltmore, this is the ultimate time to get to Asheville and see it all!