The fan-favorite Downton Abbey Exhibition, which features costumes from the original television series and the recent film adaptation, as well as set pieces and interactive displays about both the show and the post-Edwardian era in England, is now open at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
The experience at the Vanderbilt mansion opens to the public today, and will run through the holiday season and into the spring.
Given that Cora Crawley's story is not so different from that of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the American heiress who married the Duke of Malborough in order to help save the family estate of Blenheim Palace, the setting is particularly fitting.
"There are many parallels between Downton Abbey and Biltmore’s real-life story of the Vanderbilt family, their friends and staff," Travis Tatham, the Biltmore's director of entertainment and event programming said in a statement about the exhibition.
"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."
Asheville will be the fourth U.S. city to host the collection. Following the exhibit's debut in New York City, it traveled to West Palm Beach, and is currently open in Boston at The Castle at Park Plaza. Future plans for the display have yet to be announced, though the website does state "we anticipate that the exhibition will travel to other locations."
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