If you were sad to see Downton Abbey, the 6-season British drama, end in December 2015, you’ll be delighted to hear that you can get your Downton Abbey fix right here in Manhattan!
The entire exhibit is 3 floors of Downton Abbey sets, costumes, and memorabilia! The first floor is dedicated to “downstairs,” where the house staff worked and found romance, drama, and intrigue along the way. You’ll feel just like a maid or butler as you walk through the kitchen, dining room and servant’s quarters. The highlight of this floor is the iconic and beautiful wall of call bells (above).
The second floor is “upstairs,” where the Crawley family dealt with matters of the household and estate, as well as the tumultuous love lives of their fiery daughters. This floor also features quite a bit of historical context, such as the class structure, women’s rights, and medicine of the time.
The third floor is filled with all the memorable outfits worn over the 6 seasons of Downton Abbey. I loved seeing all my favorite outfits in person, such as Sybil’s controversial bloomer outfit, Edith’s daring teal gown, and the wine-colored dress that Lady Mary wore on her engagement night.
Entry is timed, and you must enter during your time window, but you can stay for as long as you like. My friend and I, as devoted fans of the show, took our time and spent about 2.5 hours at the exhibit. I recommend visiting early in the day to avoid crowds.