See original menus and artifacts from the Titanic.
Edith Vanderbilt traveled in style with her
Louis-Vuitton travel trunk (ca. 1900).
This 12-sided Tiffany & Co. coffee pot was given to George and Edith Vanderbilt by President Theodore Roosevelt’s sister, Anna Roosevelt Cowles, for their 1898 wedding.
This Harley-Davidson motorcycle is similar to the many motorcycles used on the estate.
What was it like to be a Vanderbilt and live such an extraordinary life? After years of research, Biltmore answers the question with a fabulous exhibition titled "The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad." .
Located in the Biltmore Legacy building in Antler Hill Village (beside the Biltmore Winery), the exhibition provides a fascinating look at the lives of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt. See rare objects from Biltmore's collection and new stories pulled from estate archives provide an exciting look into a bygone era. Entry to the exhibition is included in estate admissionThere is much to see.
Be sure to allow time so you can ready the many stories behind the items. The exhibition begins with George Vanderbilt's background and the Vanderbilt family tree. Excerpts from Vanderbilt's diary, stories of his world travels as a young man and family photos reveal what it was like to grow up in one of the world's wealthiest families.
Dating back to industrialist Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, George Vanderbilt’s grandfather, take in details and descriptions of the Vanderbilt courtship and wedding. See photos of Edith's grand arrival to Biltmore, including the good luck arch. Travel in time with Cornelia’s birth, grand costumed parties inside Biltmore House, and exploration through Europe and the Far East. Many of the photographs on display were taken by Edith Vanderbilt, an avid student of photography.
A special "Titanic" display tells the fascinating story of the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic is also told. Why did they change their mind at the last minute? New research explains this mystery.
Although the Vanderbilts were world-travelers, daily life at Biltmore House was a peaceful refuge from the rigors of high society. Detailed stories and rare artifacts paint the picture of a home filled with joy, hospitality and happy memories. Cornelia Vanderbilt's elaborate costume from her 21st birthday masquerade party, luxurious china, crystal, and silver used during formal dinners on the estate, and the Vanderbilts' original guestbook are part of the exhibition's collection.
The exhibit is open the following hours:
Sunday-Thursday, 11 AM until 8 PM
Friday & Saturday, 11 AM until 9 PM
Go to the Biltmore Estate Web site for more information, current deals and to purchase discounted tickets online.