Downton Abbey's extravagant costumes on display in Toronto exhibit

Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern in some of the Lord and Lady Grantham finery they wear on...

Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern in some of the Lord and Lady Grantham finery they wear on the acclaimed TV show Downton Abbey. Twenty outfits from the Brit-hit are on display in the Dressing For Downton exhibition at Toronto's Spadina Museum through April 13.

Robin Robinson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET

TORONTO, ONT. - Twenty richly detailed costumes from the acclaimed Brit-hit Downton Abbey are on display in the Dressing For Downton exhibition at Toronto's Spadina Museum through April 13.

This is the first North American showing of the outfits, which are displayed alongside items from Downton-era Toronto. A guided tour of the museum and exhibit takes visitors through the upstairs-downstairs world of the Austins -- one of old Toronto's most prominent families -- who resided in the 55-room mansion on Spadina Rd. for more than 100 years.

In addition, the museum, VisionTV (which currently airs the series), VisitBritain and DH Tour have put together a contest with a Downton-inspired prize -- a nine-day Royal Residences and Castles Tour of England for two with return airfare, accommodations, tours, transfers and an afternoon at Highclere Castle, where the show is shot.

To enter the contest, after each episode of Downton Abbey go to visiontv.ca/dressing-downton for a chance to win. (Showtimes are 9 p.m. March 12 and 10 p.m. on subsequent Wednesdays.)

Tickets for the museum tour and exhibit are $25 weekdays, $30 weekends. See spadinamuseum.streamintickets.com.


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