Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access just opened at Oakbrook Center in the former Restoration Hardware space and we were invited to check it out. My mom and I enjoyed the beautiful photographs and stories behind each time in Diana’s life as well as the lives of the royal family. All ages are welcome in the exhibit, but we would recommend this one for those interested in the Royal Family.
For the first time, world famous Royal Photographers, Anwar Hussein and his two sons Zak and Samir, will share collections of their original images and the intimate, never-before-told stories behind them. The Husseins collectively spent four decades working side by side with the iconic Princess and her family and will reveal what they witnessed first-hand, both in public and private moments.
When you check in, the staff gives you an audio tour device and headphones for a self-led tour. If you were to listen to the recordings back to back, it would last about 50 minutes, but we found ourselves stopping between to admire the photographs and talk a bit. The exhibit is all on one level and is wheelchair accessible.
There are eight themed sections: The Photography Dark Room, Growing, Glam, Hats & Tiaras, Art Installations, Working Royals, Humanitarian and Unguarded. Each section features photography, art, artifacts, and first-hand accounts as told through the lenses of Anwar, Zak and Samir.
Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access is located at 19 Oakbrook Center in the former Restoration Hardware store, between Pottery Barn and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. We recommend parking in the Macy’s parking lot and walking to the exhibit.
In addition to the exhibit, there is also a small gift shop.
General admission, which includes entry into the exhibit and the audio tour, starts at $17 for children 12 and under and $25 for ages 13+. They offer a family bundle for two adults and two children for $68 ($17 per person).
Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access
Open starting in December 2021 (no end date has been announced yet)
19 Oakbrook Center
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11am–6pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 11am–7pm