Taking a stroll through Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is like walking through a version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that's geared toward PBS-watching adults—and it's amazing.
The new exhibit, which will be on display at The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston through the end of September, is a truly immersive experience that transports fans to the home of the Crawley family without the hassle of a long flight across the pond. From the beautiful wedding gowns of Laura Carmichael's Lady Edith to gorgeous outfits worn by Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess of Grantham, guests will get the chance to check out more than 50 costumes featured on the show, as well as a few items that will appear in the upcoming Downton Abbey movie.
“What’s great about this is that in one experience of just two or three hours or how ever long you want to spend here, you walk around 50 costumes that tell the entire story of the show,” Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame said during a press conference at the opening of the exhibition in Boston on Friday.
In addition to the fashionable displays, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition also features recreations of iconic sets from the series, including Carson’s office and Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the later of which comes complete with all the wonderful smells you'd expect while cooking up a meal for the Crawley family. The showstopper is, of course, the breathtaking dining room which is truly fit for a king.
Neame noted that the actual costume and set designers from the show were intimiately involved in recreating the set pieces as well as curating each outfit on display.
“It’s had the seal of approval and the hand of the very brilliant craftspeople who worked on the show and on the movie,” said Neame.
Following runs in New York and Florida, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition sets up shop in Boston through Sept. 29, which means fans will have plenty of time to walk through the display before the movie premieres on Sept. 20. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and VIP packages will also be available, featuring special entry options and a complimentary audio guide.