2017 Tour — FAQ

Important Tour Announcement

As of March 2, 2017, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW has cancelled the August 19 tour event in Gillette, Wyoming.

If you applied for tickets to the Gillette event, you may now submit an application for tickets to any of the other five cities. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will send an email to all Gillette ticket applicants to inform them of this change.

The 2017 Tour Complete Rules have been updated to reflect our revised 2017 tour schedule. These rules otherwise remain in effect, now with five rather than six events.


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

Apply for tickets now through April 10, 2017!

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, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW requires a minimum of 80,000 square feet of space, and many towns are unable to accommodate our event.

Please note: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events are only held in June, July, and August each year. If you would like to receive email alerts about future ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events, sign up for our "AR Extras" email newsletter.

Are tickets needed to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?

Yes, you must have a ticket to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

How and when can I get tickets to an event?

You can apply for tickets to a 2017 event either online or via postcard.

The deadline for online ticket applications is 11:59PM PT, Monday, April 10, 2017. Postcard ticket applications must be received by Monday, April 10, 2017. Ticket recipients are selected from all eligible applicants by random drawing. Tickets will not be available at the door. Each ticket holder may bring two objects for appraisal. See the Complete Ticket Rules page for more information.

How do you decide who gets tickets?

Around April 17, 2017, ticket recipients will be selected through a random drawing and will receive two free tickets each. Your chances of being selected will depend on the number of eligible applicants for each city and are not affected by how early or late you apply within the application period.

How many times can I apply for tickets?

Only one application per household, either via postcard or online will be accepted. You may only apply to one event. Extra applications will be discarded.

If I send a postcard application, can I send it in an overnight package or envelope?

If you choose to apply for tickets via postcard, you must send your postcard by regular mail. We cannot process postcards enclosed in overnight mail or in envelopes. If you are worried that your postcard application will not arrive by the deadline, you can apply online.

How many tickets can I get?

If you are selected to receive tickets, you will receive two tickets. There is a two-ticket limit per household. At the event, each person may only use one ticket.

Why is the number of tickets limited?

Capacity at our events is limited. In the interest of fairness we want to make tickets available to the largest number of households who wish to attend ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events.

Is there a cost or service charge for the tickets?

There is no cost or service charge for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW tickets. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will mail tickets to selected applicants, free of charge.

Will you confirm that you received my ticket application?

When you submit your ticket application, you will receive a unique acknowledgment number on the application acknowledgment page. An email acknowledgment will also be sent to the email address you used to apply for tickets and will include your unique acknowledgment number. See the Complete Ticket Rules for more information. Alternatively, you can apply for tickets via postcard.

When does the ticket selection take place?

Ticket recipients will be selected from eligible applicants on or about April 17, 2017.

Will you contact me to tell me if I was or was not selected for tickets?

In early May, after the selection process, iaf you applied online you will receive a Ticket Checker notification email containing a unique link you can use to find out if you were selected to receive a pair of free tickets to one of this summer's events. If you applied by postcard and are chosen to receive tickets, you will not receive any notification prior to receiving your tickets in the mail.

If I am selected to receive tickets, when will I receive them?

If you are selected to receive tickets, they will be mailed to you approximately three weeks before the event date.

Will the ticket envelope be from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW?

If you are selected for tickets, they will arrive 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, and your tickets have not arrived within one week of the event, please contact WGBH Member & Development Services at feedback@wgbh.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.


What is the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup?"

In each city on our upcoming tour, we're looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on the set. If yours is selected, we'll transport it to the event and back home again at no cost to you! We accept furniture applications from those within 60 miles of the event you're hoping to attend — which is the area served by our special antiques moving service.

If your ZIP code makes you eligible to submit furniture, you will be notified during the online ticket application process. If you have already applied for tickets, you can simply follow the link in your acknowledgment email and follow the instructions on that page to submit furniture for your event if you are eligible. You can submit up to five pieces of furniture at any time through April 10, 2017.

How and when do I submit furniture for the "ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup?"

You can submit your furniture online. Alternatively, you can also mail your submission.

The deadline for submitting furniture online is 11:59PM PT, Monday, April 10, 2017. The deadline for receiving furniture submissions by mail is Monday, April 10, 2017.

Can I submit photos of other kinds of items?

Sorry, no, only submissions of furniture will be considered in advance. Also, we cannot consider grandfather or other tall case clocks, or pianos.

Will you acknowledge receiving my submission?

If you submit your furniture photos online, you'll receive a unique acknowledgment number on the furniture acknowledgment page. An email acknowledgment will also be sent to the email address you used to apply for tickets and will include your unique acknowledgment number. If you submit your furniture photos by mail, we will send you an acknowledgement postcard.

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. 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.

Can I submit furniture to the ROADSHOW Furniture Roundup if I live outside your 60-mile radius and can transport the piece(s) myself?

Unfortunately, we can only accept furniture submissions from within a 60-mile radius of our events. If you have a piece of furniture and live outside of the eligible radius of the event you want to attend, you can still apply for tickets and if selected, you may choose to bring your piece of furniture. Please bear in mind that you must have a ticket and provide your own transportation for your item. Your item must be able to 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.


What time does the event begin?

The event begins at 8:00AM. 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:

  • Morning — 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM
  • Midday — 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM
  • Afternoon — 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM

What time will the event end?

The last entrance time of the day is 5:00PM. 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 event will close at 5:30PM.

Where can I get event directions and parking information?

Information for each 2017 event, including driving and parking directions, will be available in the Tour & Ticketing section of our website starting in mid-March.

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. 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.

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 venues have concrete floors.

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 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.


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. We simply suggest that you choose items that you would like to learn more about. However, before you decide 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?

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.

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 this summer be on TV?

Appraisals taped during the 2017 summer tour will be part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's 22nd season, beginning in January 2018 on PBS.

Complete Ticket Rules