Monday, March 27, 2023

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Takes Up Residence in New York City


Designed by Mather & Co, a global exhibition created for NBCUniversal International Studios offers visitors the first-ever fully immersive experience into the world of the global television phenomenon, Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition can now be experienced in New York City. Peering into the world of the Crawleys and those that waited on them, the experience provides a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian period in which the multi award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV series is set.

Using cutting-edge exhibit design technology, fans get the chance to walk through Downton Abbey’s most recognisable locations. From Mrs Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fuelled servants’ quarters to the glamorous Crawley dwellings, the exhibition puts visitors at the heart of the show providing a fully immersive experience.

Working with the award winning production team behind the TV series, Mather & Co has designed a fully immersive experience – visitors even come close to the show’s official costumes, worn by the likes of Michelle Doherty and Hugh Bonneville, as well as viewing never-before-seen content.


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PHOTOS courtesy Mather & Co

The exhibition covers nine different zones where visitors can explore the key rooms in the house – some of them replicas of the original sets, others fully immersive audio visual experiences.  Visitors can explore everything from the servants’ roles to the key fashions and history from the time.

Key design points include:

The downstairs servants’ quarters sets including the servants’ hall, Carson’s pantry, the kitchen and the servants’ stairs.

State of the art holographic technology allows visitors to meet Mrs Hughes and Carson

Over 50 iconic costumes from the series

Immersive multi projection spaces recreate the library and drawing room of Downton revealing details about the family and exploring the surrounding estate. 

Over 15,000 square foot of exhibition offers an in-depth insight into the remarkable time period in which the show is set. Spanning World War I and the post-war years to the Roaring Twenties, visitors learn more about society, culture and fashion and the historical events of the era which would go on to shape the world.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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