2017 Tour — FAQ
May 22 — Important Tour Update!
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW has added an outdoor tour event in Newport, Rhode Island, to be held on Tuesday, September 19. The Complete Rules for the 2017 Tour have been updated to reflect our revised 2017 tour schedule. These rules otherwise remain in effect, now with six rather than five events.
- The April 10 deadline has passed for ticket applications to the first five 2017 Tour events.
- Ticket applications for the September 19 event in Newport, Rhode Island, must be completed by July 31, 2017.
- You must have a ticket to attend an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event. Tickets will not be available at the door.
APPLYING FOR TICKETS
Which cities are you visiting in 2017?
In 2017, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will visit:
- JUNE 3 — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- JUNE 17 — Green Bay, Wisconsin
- JULY 8 — St. Louis, Missouri
- JULY 22 — New Orleans, Louisiana
- AUGUST 12 — Portland, Oregon
- SEPTEMBER 19 — Newport, Rhode Island (Note: This is an outdoor event.)
Why haven't you visited my town yet?
We are always looking for new venues and try to visit as many new locations as possible each year. Among other considerations, for indoor events ANTIQUES ROADSHOW requires a minimum of 80,000 square feet of space, and many towns are unable to accommodate our event.
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Are tickets needed to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
Yes, you must have a ticket to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. The 2017 ticket application deadline has passed for the first five events. Ticket applications for the Newport event will be accepted through 11:59PM PT, Monday, July 31, 2017. Tickets will not be available at the door for any event.
How and when can I get tickets to an event?
The 2017 ticket application deadline has passed for the first five events. Ticket applications for the Newport event will be accepted through 11:59PM PT, Monday, July 31, 2017. Ticket recipients are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing. Tickets will not be available at the door for any event. Each ticket holder may bring two hand-carry objects for appraisal. See the Complete Ticket Rules page for more information.
When does the ticket selection take place?
Ticket recipients for the first five events were selected in late April from all eligible applicants. Ticket recipients for the Newport, Rhode Island, event will be selected in a random drawing on or about August 7, 2017.
Will you contact me to tell me if I was or was not selected for tickets?
Beginning in early May, after the selection process, if you applied online for one of the first five events, you will receive a Ticket Checker notification email containing a unique link you can use to find out if you won a pair of free tickets to one of those events.
(If you applied for tickets by postcard for one of the first five events and are chosen to receive tickets, you will not receive an acknowledgment prior to receiving the tickets.)
Beginning in mid-August, if you applied online for tickets to the Newport event, you will receive a Ticket Checker notification email containing a unique link you can use to find out if you won a pair of free tickets to that event.
If I am selected to receive tickets, when will I receive them?
If you are selected to receive tickets to one of the first five events, they will be mailed to you approximately three weeks before your event date. If you are selected to receive tickets to the Newport event, you will receive an email by early September containing electronic tickets to that event.
For the first five events, will the ticket envelope be from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
If you are selected for tickets to one of the first five events, they will arrive by mail in a plain white envelope to ensure security. Be careful not to throw them away.
Will tickets be available at the event?
No, tickets will not be available on the day of the event. If you do not have a ticket, you will not be admitted to the event.
If I was selected to receive tickets but haven't received them three weeks prior to my event, what should I do?
If you were selected for tickets to an event, and your tickets have not arrived by mail within one week of the event for the first five events, or by email for the Newport event, please contact WGBH Member & Development Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 300-5400 (M-F, 9AM - 5PM) for further instructions.
The tickets are free, so why did I see some for sale?
We offer all of our tickets to the public free of charge. We provide a limited number of tickets to the local public television stations, which they may use for fundraising purposes. Any other form of sale or resale of tickets offered through the ticket application process is prohibited by ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.
ROADSHOW's FURNITURE ROUNDUP
How and when do I submit furniture for the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup?"
The deadline for submitting furniture for the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup" for the first five events has passed and we cannot accept any more submissions. Furniture submissions for the Newport event will be accepted through July 31, 2017. You must apply for tickets to the event first. You can find full details for the Newport Furniture Roundup process and get started here.
What happens if my furniture is chosen?
If your furniture is selected, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will call or email you no later than 30 days before the event to arrange for our specialized furniture mover to transport your furniture to and from the event.
In order for us to transport and appraise your furniture, the owner must attend the event. If your furniture is selected, you and one guest will automatically be allowed admission to the event.
What if my furniture piece is not chosen?
If you don't hear from us by telephone or email to arrange pick-up of your piece, then your furniture has not been selected. It may still be possible for you to bring it to the event yourself, but you will need to have received tickets through the regular application process and you must provide your own transportation for your item. For the first five events, your item should fit through a standard door, and you must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the event. At some venues, you may have to use an escalator or elevator. For the outdoor Newport event, your item should fit through a shuttle vehicle door approximately 30 inches wide and be able to fit in your lap or on the floor in front of your feet during a short ride. You must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the outdoor event, including on grassy and other surfaces and inclines.
ATTENDING THE EVENT
What time does the event begin?
The first five events will begin at 8:00AM. The Newport event will begin at 7:30AM. Ticket holders will be admitted every hour according to the time on your ticket, and items will be appraised all day. When applying for tickets, you may specify whether you prefer a morning, midday or afternoon entrance time, and if you are selected for tickets, we will try to accommodate your request.
There are 10 entrance times for the first five events:
- Morning — 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM
- Midday — 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM
- Afternoon — 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM
There are 10 entrance times for the Newport event:
- Morning — 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 9:30AM
- Midday — 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM
- Afternoon — 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM
What time will the event end?
The last entrance time of the day is 5:00PM for the first five events, and 4:30PM for the Newport event. The event will end when all ticket holders in line have been given their appraisals.
Once I have my ticket, what time should I arrive?
Please arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before the time on your ticket.
Can I arrive earlier than the time on my ticket?
We do not allow entry into the appraisal area before the time on your ticket.
Can I arrive later than the time on my ticket?
Please plan to be at the event at the time specified on your ticket. However, if you miss your entrance time, you may join the end of the line. Doors to the first five events will close at 5:30PM. Doors to the Newport event will close at 5:00PM.
Where can I get event directions and parking information?
Driving and parking directions for the first five 2017 events are now available through our On Tour section — just follow the link to the Event page that you'll be attending. Driving and parking for the Newport event venue will be available in mid-July.
I have a ticket and want to bring a large and/or heavy item. Will anyone at the event help me carry or move it?
Sorry, we will not be able to assist you in carrying or moving large or heavy items. For the first five events, if your item is very heavy, we suggest bringing it on a cart, dolly, or anything with non-metal wheels. And remember, it must fit through a standard door, and you may need to use an escalator or elevator. For the outdoor Newport event, if your item is very heavy, we suggest bringing it on a cart, dolly, or anything with non-metal wheels. And remember, both your item and the device for transporting it must fit through a shuttle vehicle door approximately 30 inches wide and be able to fit in your lap or on the floor in front of your feet during a short ride. You must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the outdoor event, including on grassy and other surfaces and inclines.
Will I have to wait in line?
Yes, you will have to stand and wait in line for a period of time. Please wear comfortable shoes as many of the first five event venues have concrete floors. The outdoor Newport event will have varying surfaces, including grass, stairs, and inclines.
Do you provide chairs for people while they wait?
There is a limited number of chairs at the event. You may sit on them, but they cannot be moved. If you or your guest has difficulty standing for long periods of time, please bring a small, lightweight and portable chair or wheelchair.
Can I avoid waiting in line?
With very few special exceptions, everyone must wait in line.
Will the event facility be wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all events are wheelchair accessible.
Does everyone who comes to the event receive an appraisal?
Yes, all ticket holders may bring two items for appraisal and will receive a free, verbal approximation of value for each item, regardless of whether or not they are selected by the producer to be recorded for television.
Can I observe your show without bringing an item for appraisal?
No, we cannot allow you to enter the event unless you have a ticket and have brought an item for an appraisal.
Can children attend the event?
Yes, children 12 and under do not need a ticket. All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for tickets.
Can I bring an antique sword or knife for appraisal?
Yes, but please note that any swords, knives or sharp objects must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury.
Can I bring a firearm for appraisal?
Even if a firearm is deemed to be Antique under federal law (such as a firearm manufactured prior to 1898 and for which ammunition is no longer available or manufactured), it remains subject to the laws of the local jurisdiction. Possession and transport of firearms is subject to federal, state, and local laws. It is your responsibility to know, understand and comply with all such laws and ordinances. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW reserves the right to admit or deny any firearms, at its discretion, in consultation with local law enforcement personnel and convention center or venue management.
We will appraise unloaded firearms only. Please leave all ammunition at home, as you will not be allowed to bring it into the event. All firearms must be checked by security personnel before entering the event. Use of trigger locks is required on all firearms, where possible, and we reserve the right to attach one to your firearm while it is at the appraisal event. Everyone entering the event is subject to search, for any reason.
APPRAISALS AT A ROADSHOW EVENT
Do you need to know what items I plan to bring to the event?
No. Each ticket holder can bring two items. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW does not prescreen these items.
Can you make recommendations about which items I should bring?
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cannot recommend which items you should bring. However, for the outdoor Newport event, please be mindful of size requirements as described above in the "Attending the Event" section. Otherwise, we simply suggest that you choose items that you would like to learn more about. Before deciding what to bring, you may like to check out our interactive feature "Things We Commonly See at ROADSHOW".
Is there a cost to receive an appraisal at the event?
No. Each ticket holder will receive free verbal appraisals of up to two items at the event.
Can I get a written appraisal?
No. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW only gives verbal approximations of value at our events and does not give written appraisals.
How many items can I bring?
Each ticket holder may bring two items to the event.
If I have a ticket, do I have to bring an item?
Each ticket holder must bring at least one item and no more than two items to the event.
Can I bring a collection of items?
A collection of very closely related items may be considered one item. If our appraisers determine that what you have brought does not constitute a collection, you will be asked to select one item for appraisal.
If our appraisers determine you have brought a collection, they may ask you to select one or two items from your collection as a guide for valuing the overall collection.
You can also bring any supporting documents associated with an item (i.e., photographs, family notes, legal documents), as these may help our appraisers provide you with more information about your item.
What size items can I bring?
For the first five events your item(s) must fit through a standard door. You must also be able to transport the item(s) to and from the event, as well as throughout the event. In some venues, you may have to transport your item on an escalator or passenger elevator. For the outdoor Newport event, your item should fit through a shuttle vehicle door approximately 30 inches wide and be able to fit in your lap or on the floor in front of your feet during a short ride. You must be able to carry or maneuver your item yourself at the outdoor event, including on grassy and other surfaces and inclines.
How many appraisers will you have at the event?
There will be about 70 appraisers, covering at least 24 different specialty categories at each event.
Which appraisers will be at each event?
Our roster of appraisers is subject to change until the day of the event. A list of appraisers will be available at the event.
Will you have a specialist for the item(s) I bring?
We staff each event with about 70 appraisers who cover a wide variety of categories. Although occasionally our experts are stumped, most often they'll be able to answer your questions.
Are there any items you do not appraise?
We do not appraise vehicles, stamps, stock certificates, paper currency, coins, bicycles, tools, fossils, glass fire extinguishers, explosives or hazardous materials.
Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to get an appraisal?
You do not have to own the item(s) you bring in order to receive an appraisal from our experts. However, our producers can only consider an item for recording if its owner is present.
Do I have to own the item(s) I bring in order to be considered for recording?
Yes, our producers can only consider an item for recording if its owner is present.
Can I contact a ROADSHOW appraiser prior to or after the event to see if they would be interested in my item(s)?
Yes, but if you contact a ROADSHOW appraiser regarding the item(s) you plan to bring to the event, then we may not consider the item(s) for recording, and WGBH Educational Foundation is not responsible for any business or interaction you have with an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior or subsequent to the event.
May I bring a camera or tape recorder to the event?
You can use cameras or tape recorders in designated areas. However, photography, videotaping or recording is strictly prohibited in the appraisal area.
How long is the wait to see an appraiser?
Our experts see approximately 600 people per hour. Some categories are busier than others, and this varies from event to event. The best advice we can give is that you should come prepared to wait. This way, you can relax and enjoy yourself.
Can I sell my item at the show?
No, you may not buy or sell any item at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events. Also, no appraiser may solicit your business at the event.
Can I talk to an appraiser at the event about buying or selling an item?
You may contact an appraiser at a later date if you wish, but not on the day of the event. There will be appraiser contact information available at the exit of each event. If you contact an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior to the event about items you are bringing to the event, we may decide not to record any items you bring, and WGBH Educational Foundation is not responsible for any business or interaction you have with an ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraiser prior or subsequent to the event.
Can I get an appraisal online or from photos I mail to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?
No, we only appraise items in person, at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal events. Our experts donate their time for each appraisal event and do not work at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW production office. If you cannot attend one of our events, visit our online Appraisers Index to learn more about the experts who are featured on the show.
Can you recommend an appraiser for me?
No, we cannot recommend individual appraisers or companies. However, you may use our online Appraisers Index to find experts you've seen on the show.
Do you give out appraisers' telephone numbers and addresses?
At the event, you will receive a list of appraisers and may also pick up appraisers' business cards. For information online, visit our online Appraisers Index.
When will the shows you tape at 2017 events be on TV?
Appraisals taped during the 2017 Tour will be part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 22nd season, beginning in January 2018 on PBS.