DALLAS -- "Beatle City," an exhibit charting the rise and fall of the Fab Four, is playing exclusively in Texas and organizers say they hope the new Liverpool import will be a hit.

Unlike in the days of Beatlemania, a mellow, positively reverent mood reigns as visitors walk past the relics of John, Paul, George and Ringo. The exhibit begins at the beginning, including a reproduction of the late John Lennon's childhood living room. Photographs, music and a handful of displays chronicle the group's progress, from their fresh-faced start in Liverpool nightclubs through the heady days at the top of the pop charts to the breakup and, finally, Lennon's death in 1980.

The exhibit opened in Dallas' refurbished West End warehouse district in early August and will continue through January while new quarters are under construction in England. Admission is $6.

"Beatle City" is being sponsored by Southfork Ranch, the home of CBS-TV's "Dallas" series. Southfork manager Ken Brixey said organizers hope that as many as 120,000 people will visit the exhibit. Average daily attendance after two weeks was about 1,200 on weekends and 750 during the week.

The exhibit is more than a string of souvenirs, said general manager Mike Byrne, who grew up in Liverpool and was acquainted with Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

"It's about four guys who changed the attitude of the world, wrote more songs than anyone else has in the last 25 years and were cultural innovators as well," he said.

For 21-year-old Steve White, a recent visitor, the exhibit was a success.

"It's incredible. I'm just a really big Beatles fan. This is the third time I've been here," said White, who was too young to experience the group in its heyday. "That's what I find so incredible about their music. I feel like I should be 30 or 33 years old and I should have seen them in concert as much as I love them."

Paul Frantz, 36, another visitor, does remember when the Beatles were introduced to the United States, and recalls watching their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

"I was 14. I sat there with my parents shaking their heads," Frantz said. "Everybody has a different memory. The pictures really bring it back."

"Beatle City" hasn't been without criticism.

The Dallas Times Herald panned the exhibit as "an expensive, kitschy jaunt."

"They came on the wrong day," Byrne said.

He said some of the complaints -- that displays aren't clearly marked or that replicas aren't set apart from genuine artifacts -- can be blamed on the fact that the exhibit is not finished. But he made no apologies for mixing objects of the time period with objects actually connected with the group.

"I think it makes sense, or it shouldn't offend anyone, to bring a guitar in which is a replica of what Paul {McCartney} used, particularly if it is actually from the 1960s as well," he said. "We're not trying to kid anyone."

It takes about 45 minutes to stroll through the exhibit. Photographs are key reference points.

There are young Beatles, Beatles in black leather, Beatles rebelliously beginning to comb their hair forward and Beatles in suits, after manager Brian Epstein began crafting their image.

There are guitars used by the group, autographed programs from the 1963 royal performance and a life-size model of Lennon wearing one of his suits.

The idea is to chart the Beatles' influences on the rock music world, Byrne said.

"{They were} the biggest influence in the entertainment business for 25 years {with} the adulation of the whole world and the attention. It's a wonder they didn't all go mad, really," he said.

"I want to see it continue as a tribute to the Beatles and for the fans. You know, really, it's so that the fans have always got somewhere to come and enjoy those years.