Mad Men will be returning for a final season on April 5th, and to celebrate the Museum of the Moving Image will bring Matthew Weiner's mid-century Madison Avenue to Queens.

Starting March 14th (and running through June 14th), the museum will house "Matthew Weiner's Mad Men," an exhibit that aims to reveal the creative process behind the show. There will be large-scale sets (including Don Draper’s office and the Draper Kitchen!), some of the iconic costumes, hundreds of props, advertising art, video clips, and personal notes and research material from Weiner. There are soooo many highlights, including:

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  • A section devoted to the origin of the series, with selections from Weiner’s personal collection of books; clips from films that inspired his approach to story and character; and script pages from Weiner’s early screenplay The Horseshoe, where the character who would become Don Draper originated.
  • An installation featuring key elements of the writers’ room where Weiner and his team crafted story ideas and scripts for the series, complete with story notes for the first half of Season 7 listed on white boards and index cards, research material, and other elements created and used by Mad Men’s writers.
  • The set for Don Draper’s SC&P office, and for the Draper kitchen in Ossining, NY.
  • Iconic costumes and key props from the series, including Don Draper’s suit, Joan Holloway’s red dress from the SCDP holiday party, Megan Draper’s “Zou Bisou Bisou” dress, and Don Draper’s box with objects that reveal his true identity.

On top of all that, there's going to be a curated film series, and Weiner himself will be in the house:

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Just days after the exhibition opens, Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, writer, and executive producer will appear at the Museum on March 20th for a conversation about the creation and production of the series. This appearance kicks off Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a ten-film series featuring movies curated by Weiner—including The Apartment, Les Bonnes Femmes, and The Americanization of Emily—that inspired the series, from March 14th to April 26th.

The museum—one of our favorites in the five boroughs—will get to keep some of the costumes and props for their permanent collection when the show ends.