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Miss Fisher's Costume Exhibition at Ayers House Museum

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View the 1920's through Miss Fisher's eyes at Ayers House

For those of you who are devotees of the ABC TV show "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" and are perhaps into costume design, then you shouldn't miss the Miss Fisher's Costume Exhibition on at Ayers House Museum.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generosity of costume designer, Marion Boyce, as well as the production company responsible for the TV show, Every Cloud Productions.

After an extremely successful season at Rippon Lea in Melbourne, Adelaide is now playing host to costumes and props utilised in Series 3 of "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries", including the wedding dress worn by Phryne Fisher's assistant, Dot, at her wedding in one of the last scenes of the series.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Dining Room Costume

Exhibition Rooms

Ayers House Museum has been transformed into scenes from the 1920's over three levels including a Casino, Jewellery Room, Dress-up Closet, Dining Room/Drawing Room, Tennis scene as well as bedroom, bathroom and Marion Boyce's workrooms.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Phryne Fisher


The launch for the exhibition was held at Ayers House on Sunday 15 November with special guests Nathan Page, who plays Detective Inspector Jack Robinson in the series, and Marion Boyce, the costume designer for the show.

The front lawn of Ayers House was peppered with 1920's vintage cars, a jazz band and many people dressed up in 1920's fashion to celebrate the launch. Following various speeches by dignitaries, with cocktails served, the museum was opened for preview, which enabled a sneak peek at what will be on offer during the exhibition.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
1920's Vintage Car


The costumes worn by the stars of the TV show, including Essie Davis, Miriam Margolyes and Nathan Page are all on show, allowing you to feel swatches of material adjacent to the interpretive boards by each costume, which gives you some sense of the types of fabrics used in making the elaborate costuming.

The dress-up closet encourages you to try on replica costumes and interact with props and furniture from the show, and any photos that are taken are permitted to be uploaded onto social media, which could win you a prize.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Dress up Closet

Detective Trail

For those of you who like to solve a mystery, a detective trail is available with the aim of solving a crime. Detective Inspector Jack Robinson gives you clues around the house, by way of interactive hologram. It's a great idea if you bring the kids.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Detective Inspector Jack Robinson

Behind the Scenes

Upstairs in what is known as "Marion's Workrooms", you can discover the inspiration for the costuming and understand how they were made by viewing design sketches, fabric, buttons, and other materials on display.

Down in the basement opportunities are given to design your own costume, with sketches and drawings filled with colour.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Marion's Workroom

Jewellery Room

All of the accessories worn by Phryne Fisher in the 1920's TV series are on display, including jewellery, handbags, etc, much of it being from Marion Boyce's own personal collection.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Jewellery Room

Retail Shop

After you have wandered around the exhibition, you may wish to purchase some souvenirs of your visit and a wide range of Miss Fisher merchandise is available along with National Trust items.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Drawing Room


The cost for the exhibition is $20 for an adult, with concession $18, children (5 - 15) $10, and a family of four (two adults, two children) $50.

National Trust members are entitled to discount upon entry and group bookings are also available.

You also have the choice of either buying tickets on the day at the door or you can pre-purchase tickets online through Ayers House Museum website.

If you decide you need a break and would like to go away and have a coffee or lunch, pass-outs are also an option.

The exhibition is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm (last entry to exhibition 4.30 pm), apart from Christmas Day and New Year's Day and runs from Monday 16 November 2015 until Sunday 14 February 2016 inclusive.

Miss Fisher Exhibition
Basement costumes

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Why? See Ayers House Museum transformed into the 1920's
When: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm, excluding Christmas Day and New Years Day
Phone: 08 8223 1234
Where: Ayers House Museum
Cost: $20 Adult, $18 Concession
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