Biltmore Estate is throwing a house party—and you’re invited

Ever wondered what it would be like to attend a soiree hosted by George and Edith Vanderbilt during the years they called the colossal Biltmore Estate home? Well now’s your chance.

Beginning February 9, 2019, the North Carolina estate will be transformed into “the scene of a festive celebration hosted by the Vanderbilts” in a new exhibition, “A Vanderbilt House Party — The Gilded Age.”

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Drawing on old letters, photographs and documents from the Vanderbilt archives, the curatorial team has crafted a one-of-a-kind experience that will transport visitors back to the gilded glamour of the turn of the 20th century — the time when George and Edith Vanderbilt threw some of the best parties in the land.

If that’s not enough to pique your interest, the exhibition will also feature outfits from “Downton Abbey” and “Titanic.” Each clothing vignette (based on the Vanderbilts’ actual wardrobes) will be paired with its own story courtesy of a new audio-guided tour using high-tech 360-degree sound techniques. According to a press release, the narration is “based on those who lived and worked in Biltmore House, and features a butler recounting the leisurely days and glamorous evenings the Vanderbilts’ guests enjoyed.”

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Tours of “A Vanderbilt House Party” are included in Biltmore daytime admission. The audio-guided exhibition tour is free with online ticket purchases or for an additional fee with onsite purchase. The exhibit will run through May 27, 2019. Visit for more information.

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