As the final season of AMC’s Mad Men comes to a close, I went to visit Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men Exhibit in Astoria, Queens to learn about the show's behind-the scenes production and indulge in some 1960s nostalgia.
It was impressive to see the production team’s dedication in making the show truly authentic: Matthew Weiner’s notes (director and producer of the show), writers’ scripts, production mood boards, make-up and costumes, and field research were on full display, revealing the amount of work and creativity that came with each episode. It was fascinating and charming, and very telling of the passion of the work behind the show.
Direct replicas of the production set were also at the exhibit—including Don Draper’s office, where I stood for five seconds, amused. The props section was an easy favorite, with its vintage cigarette vending machines and food packaging, old desk trinkets, and other '60s office memorabilia. I was transported into Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency of an older New York, I could only imagine how immersive their studios actually are to the show's actors.
I wish I could have taken more pictures from the exhibit, but I could only sneak one, pictured above.
I’m definitely going to miss this show.
After exploring the museum and a walk around Astoria, the afternoon wouldn't be complete without visiting a local barbecue joint for some smoked meats. Yelping 'barbecue' brought me to Butcher Bar, where I picked a selection of carved meats paired with a few cocktails.
Their guacamole was good, but I wasn't thoroughly impressed with their meat selections. I didn't really get the 'smoked meats' promise, but at least it had a great atmosphere, strong mixed drinks, and a complimentary dessert.