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21 August 2018

TEA members go behind the scenes at Downton Abbey: the Exhibition in NYC

New York, New York, 19 July 2018 – On a summer Thursday night a group of Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) members explored “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition."

Report by Trent Oliver, Blue Telescope

This touring exhibition, presented by Viking Cruises, touched down in Manhattan, at 218 West 57th St, for its first stop in North America. Our industry insider's tour was sponsored by TEA member companies Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. and Blue Telescope. Imagine is an exhibition producer and Downton Abbey was one of their projects. 

Downton Abbey: the Exhibition is across the street from Carnegie Hall, which feels appropriate - one classic facing another. The exhibition is a masterful reproduction of post-Edwardian England, explored with creativity and innovation. It allows visitors to truly feel as though they have stepped into the famous Downton Abbey estate, and enables them to explore unforgettable moments from the PBS series.

Downstairs, the kitchen and bell wall are among the rooms. Upstairs is an immersive theater that mesmerizes, offering a compelling experience for fans of the show and novices alike.

Our group was guided through by the experience by Suchan Vodoor, general manager of the exhibition and a director, producer and designer based in New York. He answered all of our questions and displayed impressive knowledge about the exhibition and the exhibition business.

We marveled at the beautifully designed exhibit and gallery after gallery of intricate costumes and sets. During and following the tour, there was no shortage of discussion on this modern presentation of such a quintessential time in societal history.

For me personally, the whole experience was fantastic. As you go through it seems as if everything expands: The three-wall theater with excellent audio, the large walls of character faces that are half-revealed; the revealing mirrors. 

I only have one complaint... there is a "Could you work at Downton Abbey? Staff Wanted" interactive that matches visitors up with jobs at the Abbey. It was suggested that I be a cook! Seriously?!

Trent Oliver

This was the latest of a number of museum tours that the TEA Eastern North America Division has been organizing within its region.

And there are more events, excursions, networking opportunities and other types of gatherings yet to come this year (short list below). Check the TEA Events listings for more.


Posted by Judy Rubin



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