An international exhibition of the late Princess Diana’s possessions makes a stop in Cincinnati
After 15 international stops in 10 years, the renowned exhibit that honors the late Princess Diana ends its tour in the Buckeye State. Diana, A Celebration opens Feb. 14 at the Cincinnati Museum Center for its final installment before the 150-item collection returns to the Spencer family’s ancestral home near London. “More than 15 years after [Diana’s] death, people are still moved to turn out in droves to relive their memories of her,” says John Norman, president of Arts & Exhibitions International, the show’s organizer. We’d venture to guess everything in the nine-gallery exhibit is worth the two-hour drive south, but here are some priceless items we’re certain you don’t want to miss. cincymuseum.org
THE WEDDING DRESS
Where you’ve seen it: In Westminster Abbey, during her televised wedding to Prince Charles in 1981
Why it’s important: The ivory silk taffeta and lace dress includes a 25-foot train and has been called “the dress of the century.”
Where to find it: Wedding gallery
THE SPENCER TIARA
Where you’ve seen it: At her wedding
Why it’s important: A Spencer family heirloom since the 1830s, this gold tiara is decorated with diamonds in silver settings.
Where to find it: Tiara gallery
THE PRAYER BOOK
Where you’ve seen it: Never publicly displayed before the exhibit
Why it’s important: This small prayer book was a gift from Mother Teresa and includes a handwritten prayer for the princess.
Where to find it: Charity gallery
Where you’ve heard it: Her 1997 funeral at Westminster Abbey
Why it’s important: It’s the original text from Earl Charles Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister.
Where to find it: Tribute gallery
A Taste of the Queen City
Stop for a bite to eat after you work up an appetite exploring the exhibit.
Peruse the Findlay Market (indoors for the winter) and find deli sandwiches, Belgian waffles, pho and more. It’s the North Market, Cincinnati-style. Elder Street between Elm and Race streets, findlaymarket.org
Head west for Price Hill Chili, a family-owned favorite serving Cincinnati-style cheese coneys and raved-about double-decker sandwiches. Enjoy breakfast all day with a side of fried goetta for a true Cincinnati experience. 4920 Glenway Ave., pricehillchili.com
Montgomery Inn is a Cincinnati favorite, and dinner at the Boathouse is a classic. Enjoy fall-off-the-bone ribs while overlooking the river. 925 Riverside Dr., montgomeryinn.com