Downton Abbey: The Exhibition has opened at Biltmore in Asheville, NC and will remain on view through April 7, 2020. The “immersive” exhibition centers around the TV series with set recreations, multimedia elements, and an up-close look at more than 50 costumes. The exhibition has been curated by NBCUniversal and Imagine Exhibitions and uses two locations at Biltmore, taking guests through the Downton Abbey home, and looking into the world of the Crawley family and the serving staff below stairs. The exhibition will also examine the post-Edwardian era in which the TV series is set and provide insights into the events of the time, including The Great War, say the organizers.
At Biltmore’s Amherst, there is a chance to walk through some of the TV series’ sets, including Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the family’s dining room, Carson’s pantry, and the servants’ quarters, all supported by multimedia elements and artifacts on display, and via audio tour if preferred. Biltmore Legacy at Antler Hill Village provides the second location where there is a display of costumes from the show, as worn by the cast, and there is also a chance to see the official costumes from the movie.
Biltmore is the fourth stop on the exhibition’s U.S. tour which made its U.S. debut in New York City in November 2017, where it was described the New York Times as, “a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself.”
“Not just any location can offer an immersive experience for Downton Abbey fans like we can here at Biltmore,” said Biltmore Director of Entertainment and Event Programming Travis Tatham. “The costumes, sets and historic artifacts all feel like they belong. The many parallels between Downton Abbey and the stories at Biltmore make this experience truly multifaceted for our guests.”
Regular estate admission to Biltmore includes access to the exhibition, and there are Candlelight Christmas Evenings and overnight stays available. There is more information on the exhibition here and accommodation packages here.