A new exhibition has just opened at Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. It’s called “Dressing the Abbey” and features authentic costumes from the hit PBS series Downton Abbey.

The PBS Series”Downton Abbeyis considered one of the most watched television dramas in the world.

“I think this is the era. People are really drawn to this era,” said Neil Albrecht, acting executive director of the Charles Allis Art Museum.

The costumes transport people to the British aristocracy of the early 20th century – 35 original costumes will inhabit the Charles Allis Art Museum for the next sixteen weeks for the ‘Dressing the Abbey’ exhibition.

“It’s a perfect setting for this type of exhibition, the costumes themselves are spread out in the rooms of the house, so they’re in the French living room and the library and the bedrooms, and it’s both the costumes characters, including minions,” Albrecht said.

The Charles Allis Museum of Art was built in 1908. The English Tudor was once the home of Charles and Sarah Allis. Architecture and design complement the costume period.

“We expect 8-12 thousand people over the next 16 weeks of the exhibition,” Albrecht said.

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Outside the exhibition there are memorabilia for Downton Abbey fans – books, journals, the series on DVD, and you can even dress up as the characters and buy costume jewelry.

The exhibition runs until May 30. Tickets are $18.95 each. Discounted tickets are available for veterans, seniors and children. There is a capacity limit of 404 people allowed inside at a time and markings are required.


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