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The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

Experience intriguing exhibitions at The Biltmore Legacy, located in Antler Hill Village.

Back by popular demand, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition offers guests:

  • An opportunity to view rarely-seen treasures from the Biltmore collection
  • A first-hand look at the Vanderbilts’ lifestyle
  • Deeper insights into George, Edith, and Cornelia’s personalities, both at home and on their extensive travels

Access to exhibitions at The Biltmore Legacy is included with Biltmore daytime admission.


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Inside the Exhibition

Fairytale Romance: On the decks of ships, in shared opera boxes, in the artist studios
and bookshops of the Parisian boulevards, George and Edith's romance blossomed.

George Vanderbilt became a fan of automobile travel during a visit to Europe in 1903.

George Vanderbilt visited Japan in 1892 and brought back 32 cases of art and decorative objects, including a suit of samurai armor that dates to Japan’s Edo period (1615–1868).

This silver Tiffany & Company tea set was a gift to George Vanderbilt from his mother and it is engraved with his and her initials. She gave him with the set—a gracious symbol of hospitality—to serve guests aboard Swannanoa, his private train car.

Published by Baedeker, producer of the most popular portable travel guides of the 19th and 20th centuries,
this guide to Northern Italy belonging to the Vanderbilts is on display as part of the exhibition.

Learn about the Vanderbilts’ family life on the estate in this fascinating section of the exhibition.

Edith was an avid photographer who chronicled the lives of her family while living at Biltmore and traveling the world. Two of her personal cameras are on display,
including her No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak camera Model G, ca. 1912.

This Bible is part of the collection of Vanderbilt family artifacts on display at Biltmore Legacy.

Discover the sporting pursuits the Vanderbilts and their guests enjoyed on the estate,
including horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.