The award-winning exhibition“Diana: A Celebration,” which examines the star-crossed life of Diana, Princess of Wales, is scheduled for the Frazier from September 15 through January 13, 2013.
“Diana” represents an intentional step toward accessible, popular shows, and away from simply displaying guns and swords, according to Frazier management.
The 7,500-square-foot exhibition, presented at the Frazier Museum by JP Morgan Chase, explores the princess’s tumultuous life and humanitarian work, according to a Frazier news release.
“Diana” could mark a major turning point in the star-crossed life of the Frazier, as well. The exhibition has drawn an average of 100,000 visitors at other venues, according to the release.
For a long time, Diana Spencer was the world’s most famous woman, eclipsing to some extent her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1981,Spencer, the daughter of a viscount, married Charles Windsor, Prince of Wales and (for a while, anyway) heir to the throne of the United Kingdom. The rest is tabloid history. (You have to wonder how much the Frazier is having to pay for extra security for all the Diana loot. See below.)
The show includes nine galleries containing 150 objects, ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 designer dresses to family jewels, heirlooms, personal mementoes, paintings, rare home movies and photos, according to the release.
A portion of the proceeds generated by the Althorp Estate from the exhibition, produced by Aurora, Ohio-based Arts & Exhibitions International, benefit charitable causes including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
The posh show comes less than a year after the Frazier Museum management began shifting more toward becoming a omprehensive history museum and away from its origins as an historical arms museum.
“The Frazier Museum has really evolved over the past few years and we continue to do so,” stated museum executive director Madeleine Burnside in the release.
“The Diana exhibition is part of that evolution. We expect it to be a game-changer in terms of how people perceive our museum and we’re proud to be part of continuing her legacy.”
The shows seems to be arranged in an episodic structure, which makes sense.
A series of 150 items mark Diana’s milestones
- as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete;
- as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince of Wales and the British public;
- as the young royal bride;
- as the devoted mother, sister and daughter;
- and as the charity advocate and spokeswoman.
A few of items on display include:
- 28 designer dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess during her public life, accompanied by photos and details from the events at which the outfits were worn
- Two diamond tiaras and other family jewels
- The original text of the Earl Spencer’s tribute to his sister at her Westminster Abbey funeral
- The score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from “Candle in the Wind”
- Original heritage family paintings
- Diana’s Royal Wedding gown (as described above)
“Diana: A Celebration” ticket sales begin August 1. Admission to the exhibition, which is optional, and Frazier Museum permanent gallery access will be $21.50 for adults (ages 15 to 59); $19.50 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children (4 -14), while children 3 and under are free.
Online and phone service fees will apply.
Special rates for museum members, who receive early ticket access, and groups are available.
For more information on “Diana” group packages with the Galt House hotel and other attractions, visit the museum’s websitehere.
During “Diana: A Celebration,” museum operating hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. Further exhibition details are available at www.dianaexhibition.com.
The Frazier History Museum is at 829 W. Main St. Located on Louisville’s “Museum Row,” the Frazier has the distinction of being the only museum in the world outside Great Britain to permanently house and display Royal Armouries artifacts.
For more information, call 502-753-5663