Exhibition opens at Biltmore November 8
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will open at Biltmore in Asheville, NC, on Nov. 8, for a limited engagement through April 7, 2020. This immersive exhibition will feature set recreations, costumes and exclusive multimedia elements, providing guests with a chance to step inside the world of Carnival Films’ global television phenomenon and feature film, which hit the big screen in September.
Showcased in two locations at Biltmore, the exhibition transports guests on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, providing an inside look into the world of the Crawleys and those who served them below stairs. It also provides a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian era, in which the TV series is set, and offers in-depth insight into the remarkable events that shaped the world, such as World War I.
At Biltmore’s Amherst, never-before-seen multimedia elements and the series’ most recognizable sets and artifacts immerse guests in the social history, culture and memorable moments from the show. At Biltmore Legacy, guests get an up-close look at more than 50 of the show’s costumes that were worn by their favorite actors including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is produced by NBC Universal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions. The exhibition made its U.S. debut in New York City in Nov. 2017, where it was hailed by the New York Times as “a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself.”
“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 are excited to provide a new, interactive experience unlike any we have had at Biltmore,” said Biltmore Director of Entertainment and Event Programming Travis Tatham.
“Biltmore is an estate that is rich with history, so it makes for the perfect home for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. For those only just embarking on the Downton journey or fans who have longed to experience its splendor, this is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in the real sets and get up close to more than 50 costumes and artifacts from the series. You also can see the historical context and subject matter behind the show, which you would not see otherwise, 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.
For more information, visit downtonexhibition.com. To learn more about Biltmore, visit biltmore.com or call 877- BILTMORE.
Photos accompanying this article are courtesy of The Biltmore Company.