Downton Abbey: The Exhibition – review

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Bell Board

Discover the world of Downton Abbey like never before, in this exhibition showing first at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Entrance

The Downton Abbey series ended some time ago, I’m sure everyone is surprised that there is a major exhibition about it, especially one that is premiering in Singapore. Not that I’m complaining.

The exhibition setup is massive and grand, reminding me of the Lord of the Rings exhibition in Singapore ages ago. Not only is this exhibition full of things to see, the way it is presented was also very impressive – the whole experience is framed as ‘a day at Downton’, with highly-produced multimedia.

So here it is, the world’s first trip report and photo tour of the exhibition.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Model of the House

Have an overview of the details before I lose you in the photos…

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition – Highlights

  • 17 June – 31 July 2017
  • See the props and costumes from Downton Abbey up close
  • Walk through iconic scenes from the series, such as the Servant’s Hall, Mrs Patmore’s Kitchen, Lady Mary’s Bedroom, and the Grand Dining Room
  • Learn about real-world events that have shaped the world
  • Experience a High Tea inspired by the series (separate charges apply)

Ticket Pricing

Mondays to Thursdays
Adult: $30
Child: $15
Senior Citizen: $28

Fridays to Sundays (aka the ‘What is a Weekend?’ rate)
Adult: $35
Child: $17
Senior Citizen: $33

Mobile Guide add-on
With an $8 supplement, you can rent a mobile guide for this exhibition.


Downton Abbey The Exhibition - What is a weekend?
“What is a weekend?”

And now, presenting the grand photo tour of this great house, Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Approaching the House

You are recommended to tune into this Spotify playlist as you peruse the photos. At the exhibition, the soundtrack from the series is played everywhere.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Going back through the scenes of the show

After an introduction by Julian Fellowes and Mr Carson (Butler at the House), the path opens into the exhibition proper, into a vast gallery where character stories and artifacts can be explored.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Character exhibits

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Bank notes

From correspondences to posters and even bank notes, there is an incredible level of detail in the props used in the series – even though they are probably seen on screen for seconds.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady's Maid sewing kit

Lady’s maid sewing kit.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Contraceptives

The ‘mysterious’ package that Lady Mary had Anna secretly buy.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Matthew's Will

Matthew’s letter to Mary (which was later recognised as a Will), and the “Such Good Luck” charm:

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Mary's Good Luck Charm Dog Toy

There is of course, a special corner for perhaps the most iconic character, the Dowager Countess:

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Violet Crawley Countess Dowager Room

Her quotable quotes can be found everywhere at the exhibition.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Violet Crawley Countess Dowager, Invitation and Faberge Egg

Is that a Fabergé Egg?

After walking through the Character Gallery (including poor Edith’s section, at a forgotten dark corner), you can visit Downstairs, and walk through the Servant’s Hall, Mrs Patmore’s Kitchen, and Mr Carson’s Pantry.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Servant's Hall

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Servant's Hall Long Table

This is where the scheming happens.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Sewing machine in the servant's hall

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Bell board

The iconic bell board.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Stairs to upstairs

The corridor where most of the frenzy happens – and the staircase leading upstairs.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Walking by the Kitchen

Oh look, it’s the kitchen. Where’s Mrs Patmore?

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Mrs Patmore's Kitchen

“Anyone who has the use of their limbs can make a salmon mousse!”

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Kitchen of Downton

“What the eye can’t see the heart won’t grieve over.”

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Corridor Downstairs

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Carson's Pantry

The next gallery showcases the uniforms of the servants at Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Servants' Uniforms

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Mrs Hugh's Keys

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Footman's Livery

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Downton Abbey Recruitment Quiz

Here, you can try a recruitment quiz to assess your suitability for a job at Downton Abbey. And that concludes the tour ‘downstairs’.

After a dazzling multimedia presentation in the next gallery, the exhibition leads to Lady Mary’s Bedroom.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Sisters

Sybil: “…”

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Mary's Bedroom

Lady Mary’s Bedroom, where much of the drama in the show starts.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Mary's Bedroom, Nightgown

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Mary's Bedroom, Hairstyles

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Mary's Bedroom, Vanity Table

A portrait of her Dear Matthew.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Wedding Outfits section

After admiring her bedroom, continue to the Fashion showcase – where wedding, hunting, ceremonial and party outfits are at large.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Mary's Hunting Dress

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Headdress Jewels

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Mrs Hugh's and Mr Carson's Wedding outfits

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Costumes section

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Costumes section 2

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Lady Sybil's Harem Pants

Sybil’s famous harem pants.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Dining Room Grand

Next stop: The Dining Room.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Dining Room Grand side

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Dining Room Table Setting closeup

Do you know which spoon to use?

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Technology through the ages

The last gallery hastily features some of the technologies that have influenced the lives of the people living in that era.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Martha Levinson

A lavish outfit of Martha Levinson (Cora’s mother), a rich American who couldn’t care less about the old-fashioned way of living.

“My world is coming nearer. And your world – it’s slipping further and further away!”

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Goodbye

And then it’s time to say goodbyes in the (virtual) Great Hall.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Finale Video, Projection screens

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Matthew waves goodbye

But not before exploring the souvenir shop!

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Souvenir Shop

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - What Is A Weekend? Souvenirs

Get your ‘What Is A Weekend?’ fix here, along with many Mrs Patmore’s Kitchen OFFICIAL merchandise.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Souvenir Shop / Mrs Patmore's Kitchen Collection

Or some fine china cups to prove that you have visited Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Fine China cups

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Afternoon Tea Set

If that’s not enough, you can end your adventure with an English Afternoon Tea experience.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - English Tea Menu

Available from 1pm, this high tea package is priced at S$55++. Glass of champagne for S$25++

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Tea Salon

You won’t be able to have your tea inside Downton Abbey, but this elegant salon will do.

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Servant staff bids farewell

And lastly, the staff has lined up to bid us farewell…

Downton Abbey The Exhibition - Mysterious Housemaids

But who are these people?


Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

17 June – 31 July 2017
(Note: Exhibition is closed on 21 June for a private event)

Marina Bay Sands Expo, Basement 2, Hall F
Buy your tickets online at Marina Bay Sands website.


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6 Responses to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition – review

  1. P June 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the photos! Do you know if the gift shop sells DVDs for the series? Thanks!

    • Dejiki June 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

      Unfortunately not, at least for the opening weekend. Probably because the exhibition is touring the world and DVDs would be a challenge given possible licensing concerns.

  2. Samantha June 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    This may be a lame question, but what’s the benefit of getting the ticket with “mobile guide”?

    Thanks!!

    • Dejiki June 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

      Hi Samantha,

      The mobile guide is said to include “exclusive behind the scenes footage” featuring the cast and crew of Downton Abbey. As it is in the form of a digital tablet, it should probably offer some convenience for viewing the exhibit write-ups.

  3. Yuriko July 17, 2017 at 12:56 am #

    Am i allowed to take pictures?
    This type of exhibit usually nvr allowed

    • Dejiki July 18, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      Photography without flash is allowed at this exhibition.

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