Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Downton Abbey in NYC

I was pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised to see this Downton Abbey exhibit advertised on the side of a building as I was strolling down 57th Street.

The display windows on 57th Street "call" out to passersby:

I experienced a bit of ticket shock when I saw that it cost $40 to see the exhibit. Heck...that's more than the Met! Still, I was already here and I wanted to see it, so...

The tour begins with a video intro by Carson (played by Jim Carter).

Sets were recreated and gave the sense of being on set:

Seeing the costumes on the dummies seemed a bit eerie, as if the inhabitants of the show would be manifesting themselves at any moment.

An Evening Dress worn by Lady Edith: "A peach silk halter neck evening dress with change ant chiffon overlay and a decorated bodice of silver and clear glass bugle beads."

Besides the costumes there were the vintage accessories on display:

A detailed view of the watch and cufflinks:

Hungry? Can you imagine sitting at this gorgeous table for a sumptuous dinner?

Sorry vegans; the menu calls for Filet of Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.

The luxurious bedroom of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery):

One look at this costume and you immediately know that Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), is the owner:

Clips of her famous quips were playing on a loop nearby:

There is a large assortment of props on display:

...and vintage details to pour over:

Was it worth $40? Probably not, unless you're a diehard fan of the show, especially with all of the other museum options in New York City. But was well mounted. You have until September 3 to catch it before it packs up!

See more Downton Abbey exhibit photos at my main website.

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