WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE UNDERWRITERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED SUPPORT FOR DRESSING DOWNTON AT THE HISTORY MUSEUM
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Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with
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Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
The History Museum is proud to present Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. This international exhibit, presented in partnership with the BBC/Masterpiece Theater and the Exhibits Development Group, features 36 costumes worn during the first four seasons of the PBS program Downton Abbey®. The award-winning costumes are shown in memorable vignettes that offer an immersive perspective of the program’s most memorable characters, both upstairs and down. Offered in historical context, Dressing Downton chronicles the great changes taking place in Britain during the tumultuous early 20th century. Each area is accompanied by images that show the costumes as they appeared on the actors during the scenes in which they were worn.
Advance tickets are available online now . CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. A limited number of walk-in tickets will be available each day the exhibit is open. Walk-in tickets must be purchased at the museum the day of the visit for the next available time slot.
Members of The History Museum or campus members receive free admission to Dressing Downton. Visit Member Privileges to learn more about becoming a member to enjoy this benefit.
Members: Please contact our Membership Coordinator at (574) 235-9664, ext. 238 or jhenecke@historymuseumSB.org to reserve your tickets. Groups of 20 people or more must reserve their tickets at least two weeks in advance. Visit Group Tours to learn more.
During Dressing Downton, all tickets to The History Museum include admission to the Dressing Downton exhibit as well as to the other History Museum galleries and the Oliver Mansion (tours of the Oliver Mansion are limited and on a space-available basis).
Elegant afternoon teas are offered on a variety of dates while Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times is on view at The History Museum. Enjoy savories, sweets, and classic tea at these special events taking place in the Carriage House of the Oliver Mansion. Teas begin at 2:00 p.m. Tea tickets include admission to the Dressing Downton exhibit for the 3:00 p.m. time slot. The dates for Teas are: October 20, 27, November 5, 6, 10, 18, 27, December 1, 9, 12, 18, 29.
Admission to Dressing Downton may also be added to any campus tickets, which include admission to both The History Museum and the adjacent Studebaker National Museum.
Tickets are sold at hourly intervals starting at 10 am, with a limited number of tickets available per interval to ensure a quality guest experience. The last time available for tickets is 3 pm.
If you purchase tickets online, you will receive an email that confirms the purchase of your ticket(s). This email will serve as your entry ticket to the exhibit. Please print the email or have it available on your mobile device to present upon arrival at the Admissions Desk.
If you don’t see an email from us in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder. The email may have been mistakenly categorized as spam. Otherwise, please contact us at 574-235-9664.
Visitors may enter whenever they wish during their time slot. Our Admissions Desk is open and ready to welcome you. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your entry time.
Visitors are welcome to be in the Dressing Downton exhibit for as long as they like, but can expect to spend an average of 60 minutes.
Late arrivals are not guaranteed immediate admission and may have to wait for the next available time slot to enter the exhibit.
Refunds or exchanges due to inclement weather or for other reasons must be made 24 hours before the timed ticket entry.
The History Museum
$12.50 Seniors (60+)
$11 Youth (6-17)
Free Children (5 & under)
Campus (The History Museum and Studebaker National Museum)
$16 Seniors (60+)
$13 Youth (6-17)
Free Children (5 & under)
Elegant afternoon teas are offered on a variety of dates while Dressing Downton is on view at The History Museum. Enjoy savories, sweets, and classic tea at these special events taking place in the Carriage House of the Oliver Mansion. You will be seated at round tables of eight, each decorated in the exquisite style of an English high tea. Guests are welcome to dress in the style of Dressing Downton. Teas begin at 2:00 p.m. Tea tickets are $50. No reservations are needed for the exhibit if reservations are made for the Tea, as Tea tickets include admission to the Dressing Downton exhibit for the 3:00 p.m. time slot. The dates for Teas are listed below. CLICK HERE to purchase Tea tickets.
Thursday, October 20
Thursday, October 27
Saturday, November 5
Sunday, November 6
Thursday, November 10
Friday, November 18
Sunday, November 27
Thursday, December 1
Friday, December 9
Monday, December 12
Sunday, December 18
Thursday, December 29
Tours of the elegant 38-room Oliver Mansion are offered daily. At 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm Monday-Saturday, tours of the entire historic house are available. During the time of Dressing Downton, additional first-floor tours take place at 11:30 am, 12 noon, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3 pm. All tours are limited and offered on a space-available basis.
If you wish to include a tour of the Oliver Mansion when you see Dressing Downton, please sign up upon arrival at The History Museum on the day of your visit.
It was over 100 years ago that 19th century industrialist J.D. Oliver, his wife, Anna, and their four children moved into their new home at 808 West Washington Street--Copshaholm as they would later name it. Built in 1895-1896, Copshaholm is a 38-room Romanesque Queen Anne house designed by New York architect Charles Alonzo Rich. The furnishings on all three floors are original, giving visitors a remarkable glimpse of how the mansion appeared during the 72 years the Oliver family lived there.
Oak, cherry and mahogany woodwork are found throughout Copshaholm. Leaded glass windows and 14 fireplaces add to the ambiance of the house. The furnishings include period porcelains, glass, silver, prints, and statuary. Two bronze busts by noted Chicago Lorado Taft-one of J.D. Oliver and the other of his father, James-are part of the collection.
J.D. Oliver was president of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, located in South Bend, Indiana. The company was founded by J.D.’s father, James, inventor of the chilled plow.
Copshaholm and its gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is registered as an American Treasure.
Elegant tea cups, patterned tea towels, unique Christmas ornaments, and so much more can be found in the Museum Store, located adjacent to Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. Lace gloves, jewelry, and parasols make perfect gifts for special occasions. An exciting array of items can be found—don’t forget that members of The History Museum receive a 10% discount on all purchases!
Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
To qualify as a group, a minimum of 20 individuals are required. All group tours must be scheduled in advance. Visit Group Tours to learn more. To schedule a group tour, call (574) 235-9664, ext. 239 or email creese@historymuseumSB.org
No time has been more exciting for private events at The History Museum than during Dressing Downton! Whether you are looking for an elegant space for a large corporate reception or an intimate area for a smaller party, The History Museum has a beautiful setting for you. And with Dressing Downton you can create the perfect ambience for your own stylish event. If you would like to learn more or to find out about available dates or pricing information, please contact Ken Cencelewski, (574) 235-9664, ext. 251 or kcencelewski@historymuseumSB.org
Members of The History Museum or campus members receive free admission to Dressing Downton. Benefits include a special members-only preview of the exhibit the day prior to its opening, free museum admission, reduced admission to Dressing Downton Teas and other programs, and more! Visit Member Privileges or call (574) 235-9664, ext. 238 to become a member.
An audio tour is available for those who wish to supplement their visit to Dressing Downton. The tour includes clips from Downton Abbey along with interviews with key production staff, including Alastair Bruce, Downton Abbey’s historical advisor, and Anna Mary Scott Robbins, Susannah Buxton, and Caroline McCall, all costume designers for the series. Exhibits Development Group and NBC Universal have produced the audio tour to accompany the national traveling exhibit. The audio tour is available for rental for $5 during your visit to the exhibit.