SAINT AUGUSTINE – Due to overwhelming popularity, massive enthusiasm, and sell-out crowds, the highly anticipated Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times™exhibition will extend its stay in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. 36 grand costumes from the popular PBS series Downton Abbey® will be available to view for an additional four weeks, ending Feb. 4.
“A blockbuster exhibition like Dressing Downton™ doesn’t come around very often. Being able to host the exhibition and extend it for four weeks is a rare and welcomed opportunity for both the Lightner Museum and the community, Lightner officials note. This has been an amazing journey for the museum and staff to produce an exhibition of this caliber that is usually hosted by much larger institutions in much larger cities. The museum and staff have proven capable of hosting ‘big city’ productions right here in St. Augustine,” said Robert W. Harper, Lightner Museum Director.
The Lightner Museum is the final stop of the tour and is a must-see for all museum-goers, history enthusiasts, and fashionistas. The exhibition is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended as the museum has been selling out most days. For tickets visit www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton
Behind-the-scenes tours called Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar will be offered daily. The tour highlights many parallels to the time period and lives of the characters of the popular television series Downton Abbey®. Learn what life was like for both guests and staff who visited and worked at the Alcazar Hotel during the Gilded Age in St. Augustine. Upstairs/Downstairs tours are a lovely complement to both the Dressing Downton™ exhibition and the museum’s collection.
How best to spend your day at the Lightner Museum in January? Here is an example itinerary:
10 a.m. Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar tour
11 a.m. Dressing Downton™ Exhibition
12 p.m. Lunch at Café Alcazar
1 p.m. View the museum’s galleries and collections
2 p.m. Save time for the gift shops!
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Dressing Downton™ exhibition and Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar tours, visit www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton. The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors.