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Take a sneak peek at the new Mad Men exhibit

Check out some of the series’ sets, costumes and original scripts on display at the Museum of the Moving Image

By Lisa Liebman
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For seven seasons, Mad Men has taken us into the boozy, chaotic world of 1960s advertising. Now the Museum of the Moving Image gives us a glimpse into how that universe was created with the NYC exhibit “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men,” offering unprecedented access to sets, costumes and props from the Emmy-winning show—before some of them land in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Here are some of the never-before-seen galleries to check out before saying goodbye to Don and the gang forever. And if you just can’t get enough, check out this week’s cover story with Elisabeth Moss, who plays the incomparable Peggy Olson on the show and is currently starring on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles.

Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

The set for Don Draper's office, featured in seasons four to six.

Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

Costumes and props for characters including Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Joan Holloway/Harris and Roger Sterling.

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Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

An installation of the Mad Men writers’ room, including elements from the conference room in the production offices at Los Angeles Center Studios where the series was shot, suggesting how the room looked as the writers worked on the last episode of the first half of season seven.

Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

Costumes and props for Betty Draper/Francis, Sally Draper and Megan Draper.

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Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

Don Draper's box of secrets revealed. Shown: Dick Whitman's dog tag, letters and family photos.

Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

Notes for storylines and characters for Mad Men, scribbled by Matthew Weiner, 2006–2013.

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Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

The set for Betty and Don Draper's suburban kitchen in their Ossining, NY, home, featured in seasons one to four.

Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

Left: Costume for Henry Francis and a party guest from episode five of season seven, "The Runaways."

Right: Costume for Megan Draper, right, and her friend Amy, and props from Megan's party from "The Runaways" episode.

See the exhibit

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men

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Enter the world of the ever-dapper Don Draper for the first time ever. The behind-the-scenes exhibit displays the actual sets of the infamous ad man's retromodern office and Pasadena-inspired kitchen, plus his iconic tuxedo and the box containing evidence of his true identity. There’s also an installation dedicated to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, featuring script pages from his early screenplay The Horseshoe—where early Draper first developed. 

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