If you are in the NYC area, and are a fan of the hit show Downton Abbey, you owe it to yourself to visit the delightful (and extremely well-thought-out) fan experience: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. It is 2 1/2 floors of recreated settings, audio-visual experiences, and of course lots of those stunning vintage and bespoke costumes. There are enough things to read, see, and enjoy that my husband and I spent a full two hours to make sure we didn’t miss anything. It’s been extended through September 3rd only. After that, it may travel to other cities. But if you’re in the NYC area, this is your best opportunity to see the full exhibit. Frequently when shows like this tour, they are reduced in size for the road.
This exhibit is a lovely way to revisit the terrific performances and design elements of this much-loved show. And it’s leavened with a good sense of humor as well. Make sure you take the interactive survey to determine whether you would qualify to serve at Downton Abbey; it’s quite amusing. And of course there’s a gift shop if you want to buy a memento for yourself for a Downton fan in your life.