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Downton Abbey comes to Rochester with brand new exhibit

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- Fans of the show Downton Abbey will now be able to get an up close and personal look at costumes from the show.

The Chateau and Kahler Grand Hotel opened the exhibit "Dressing the Abbey" this week.

The majority of the costumes will be on display at The Chateau and at The Kahler Grand Hotel. Mayo Clinic also has two costumes which will eventually be available for public viewing.

It features dozens of costumes from different seasons of the show, including a fur-trimmed coat worn by actress Shirley MacLaine. Many of the costumes were made with antique material and won awards.

Downton Abbey also has a connection to Mayo Clinic.

"If you know the plot of Downton Abbey, it deals with the loss of the family's heir on the RMS Titanic. Dr.William Mayo, Mr. and Mrs. Kahler and their friends and family were on a different ship in the North Atlantic at the same as the Titanic," said Matthew Dacy, Chair of the Mayo Clinic Heritage Days Program. "Their ship saw the iceberg, sent a warning that the Titanic acknowledged but did not heed. Twelve hours later, the Titanic struck the iceberg and went down. "

Tickets to view the exhibit are $15 for adults and $8 for children. The exhibit is open through April 8.

Megan Zemple

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