All things “Downton Abbey” right here in Boston!
Traveling exhibition, featuring costumes and set pieces from the show, open through Sept. 29
September 19, 2019
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Are you a fan of the hit British TV show, “Downton Abbey”? If so, the official “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” is the place for you!
The exhibition first opened in NYC and is making its way across the country, setting up in various cities for a few months at a time. It is currently residing in The Castle at Park Plaza in Downtown Boston through Sept. 29, so get your tickets now!
“Downton Abbey,” a popular British drama, aired the last episode of its six seasons in 2015. However, the fun isn’t over yet — a movie to conclude the series is scheduled to come out Sept. 20. Many fans have been re-watching the series in preparation for the movie, but it seems that the producers wanted to give them another way to refresh their memories of the show, so they created a way for fans to literally walk through the show and interact with its many characters and storylines.
As you enter the exhibition, a short video featuring Carson, a central character of the show, will welcome you in. When the video is over, the doors to the mini theater will swing open and you are free to wander the inside of the spacious castle for as long as you want. You can choose whether you would like to take an audio guided tour or wander the installation at your own pace — although either way it usually takes about an hour and a half to see everything.
The exhibit features multiple rooms, all of which are jam-packed full of everything, including costumes actually worn by the actors, set pieces — and sometimes entire rooms from the set — as well as information about everything from real historical events portrayed in the show to background about the characters. There are also some interactive features, such as videos in which characters such as Carson and Mrs. Hughes talk directly to you and a quiz you can take to see what your job would be in the house.
Aside from all this, the exhibition also serves as a sort of walkthrough to the historical period of the show as it sheds light on one of the main themes: how much the world changed from 1912 when it began to 1926 when it concluded.
Lastly, the exhibition teases fans with photos and clips from the upcoming movie, giving them sneak peeks of what’s to come.
Going to visit this exhibition is well worth the time! If you are a big fan, it’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the show and take a trip down memory lane, aside from giving you the opportunity to see real costumes and set pieces.
Even if “Downton Abbey” wasn’t your favorite show, the exhibition can still be interesting as it offers a lot of cool historical information about life in the early 20th century, so I encourage everyone to go check it out.
The negative part of the exhibit is a video at the exit that recaps the ups and downs of the show, showing some tragic character deaths and other graphic scenes that audiences may find hard to watch. However, if you don’t want to see this, you can simply continue from the exhibit through to the exit and avoid the video entirely.
(To find out more about the exhibition or get tickets, visit this link its official webpage: https://www.downtonexhibition.com/ .)
–Sept. 18, 2019–
Anais Markwood is a longtime member of the Raider Times staff. She is currently a member of the Executive Board.