Dressing Downton Exhibit in South Bend

My Daughter and I used to eagerly await Sunday nights for the next Masterpiece episode of Downton Abbey.  Just before 9pm my husband would retreat to the bedroom to watch something else and we would grab a snack to watch what wit the Dowager Countess would share that Sunday night. There were nights we screamed at the tv like when Matthew had his accident and nights we went to bed smiling over Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.  Melted my heart watching them wade into the ocean hand and hand.  So of course when we heard there was a clothing exhibit from our favorite characters we had to view it.

We had wanted to view it when in Chicago but we were unable to find tickets for dates that worked with our schedule.  I hunted down a listing and found it would be in South Bend, Indiana in the fall.  I made it a point to sign up for the museums newsletters and Facebook page to know when I could purchase tickets.  In August I was able to purchase tickets and we had been eagerly awaiting the opening date in mid-October.

This weekend the exhibit opened in South Bend and we drove over on Sunday to have a look.  Tickets were $13 for youth 6-17 and $18 for adults.  We purchased the combo ticket that gave us entrance to the museum, dresses, Studebaker museum and Oliver Mansion. Upon arrival we were given a sticker that shows what ticket we purchased and we were immediately able to enter the Downton Exhibit.

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We excited to view the well laid out exhibit.  Costumes lined both sides of the walkway and great descriptions of the gown and time period were listed.

This was from the Grantham’s from season one.

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One of our favorite Lady Mary dresses.  Such detail and it was so beautiful with the dark purple accents.

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The famous call bells from downstairs.

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Lady Mary’s riding outfit.

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Lady Cora’s evening dress.

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Lady Mary’s evening dress is so pretty. The bead work is amazing!

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Included in your admission is a tour of the Oliver Mansion Copshaholm.  Tours were offered at 1pm and 2:30 on the Sunday we visited.  House tours are offered Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  We were not informed when we asked about touring the Oliver mansion that you need to sign up at the desk for the tour and then meet inside the museum media room to begin the tour with a movie.

The Oliver Mansion is displaying gowns and clothing of the Oliver family and friends in various rooms of the mansion. It was a nice tie in with the Downton Abbey exhibit.  We toured the house for almost an hour and forty five minutes and its very impressive. Very rare that the household items and furniture stayed with the original home.

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The Dressing Downton exhibit is in South Bend until January 9, 2017.  Here is a link for the exhibit in South Bend and more information: http://dd.historymuseumsb.org/

The History Museum
$14        Adults
$12.50  Seniors (60+)
$11         Youth (6-17)
Free      Children (5 & under)
Free      Members

Campus (The History Museum and Studebaker National Museum)
$18       Adults
$16       Seniors (60+)
$13       Youth (6-17)
Free      Children (5 & under)
Free      Members

 

Next tour stops for Dressing Downton are:

 

  • Anaheim, CA

    Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

    February 2017 May 2017

 

 

  • Nashville, TN

    Cheekwood Art & Gardens

    June 2017 September 2017

  • St. Augustine, FL

    The Lightner Museum

    October 2017 January 2018

You can sign up on the website for upcoming tour information and email updates here: http://dressingdownton.com/exhibition/

 

 

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