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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review of "Diana: A Celebration" at the Frazier History Museum

My mother and I headed off to the Frazier History Museum for the "Diana: A Celebration" exhibition. The exhibit is here in Louisville until  January 13, 2013. It comes directly from the Althorp Estate in England, the Spencer Family’s 500-year-old ancestral home, where it is on display every summer. Here at The Frazier Museum, you can experience nine galleries, 7,500 square feet, and over 150 objects, including Diana’s royal wedding gown, designer dresses, and other personal items. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is very positive, upbeat, and focused on her whole life from her family's matriarchs to Diana's birth, childhood, marriage, and charity work. There is nothing negative in the exhibit with very little emphasis on her death. The little amount of funeral display is placed in the middle of the exhibit so that it is not the last thing on your mind as you leave. We rented the audio tour for $5 which I felt was worth it. The audio provided extra information on items and allowed you to hear the voices of designers who discussed her wedding gown and some of the 28 gowns on view.

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We spent over an hour inside. There is a lot of reading involved, so I would not recommend this exhibit for young children. There are benches throughout the exhibit if you need a rest, the galleries are spacious as well as an elevator to and from the exhibit that is on the 3rd floor of the museum making it stroller and wheelchair friendly. Pictures and Video are not allowed inside the Diana exhibition (as well as no food or drink).

PhotobucketThe exhibition is open most days from 9 to 5pm (10 to 5pm Sunday) with late nights on Wednesdays. The cost of the exhibition is $10 (children 4 to 14) to $21.50 (adults), and this includes the rest of the Frazier Museum as well. I felt like it was well worth it. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended due tickets being date and time specific, with only a limited number of tickets sold per hour. Ticket holders may enter the exhibition any time during the one-hour window designated on their ticket. There is no limit on the time visitors can spend inside “Diana: A Celebration,” however once you leave the exhibition, a new ticket is required for re-entry. There is a small Althorp gift store area at the exit of the exhibit and restrooms are at the end, just outside the exhibit (so be sure to hit the bathroom before you enter the Diana exhibit!).

One more word to the wise, don't stand too close to the Beefeater at the entrance to "Diana: A Celebration", or you WILL set off the alarms!

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