One hundred years ago this week, the legendary Titanic took its maiden voyage… which turned out to be its last. -More than 1500 people lost their lives the morning of April 15 when the Titanic sunk.
We are still fascinated by this historic tragedy today. And for those especially moved, or even obsessed, there are places you may want to include on your travels with incredible artifacts and current high def footage of the ship laying at the bottom of the ocean.
1) Titanic Branson – A museum attraction in Branson MO.
Quite a spectacular entry – a replica of the Titanic near an iceberg… Visitors will get to see more than $4.5 million worth of Titanic artifacts…
climb the “stairway to heaven” – a replica of the grand staircase on the Titanic… explore models of what the different staterooms on board were like…touch an iceberg and feel 28 degree water (most of the people who jumped overboard died of hypothermia)..visit a special room with stories from survivors, and much more.
This spring there are a number of special activities to mark the 100th anniversary – book signings, a Titanic Night sleepover, etc. All of these events are on the website. www.titanicbranson.com
2) The Titanic Experience, Orlando, FL
Redesigned in January 2012 by RMS Titanic, Inc., Titanic The Experience is an Orlando attraction located near Universal Studios, Sea World and Walt Disney World. Visitors can travel back in time to 100 years ago, where authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume allow you to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds, and emotions of most famous Ship ever to set sail, Titanic.
This 17 gallery tour includes full scale room re-creations where you visit Titanic’s Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, Captain’s Bridge and Promenade Deck offering a haunting, emotional connection to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
What is really intriguing is you can now view more than 400 unique pieces of memorabilia and 100 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic- 21 on display for the first time. Pieces include a 3-ton portion of the Ship’s hull, the Captain’s wheel and personal belongings from Titanic’s passengers and crew.
I have never been here before, so I can’t verify if this is more amusement park or historic center since it is located near all the big theme parks. Nonetheless, there seems to be some interesting things to see. www.titanictheexperience.com
3) Finally.. the newest addition with the splashiest architecture! Meet : Titanic Belfast, in Northern Ireland, which just opened its doors last week. It claims to be the world’s largest Titanic attraction. Gorgeous structure and really well done exhibits make this one stand out.
Titanic Belfast extends over nine multi-dimensional galleries, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration center.
From what I can tell, since the Titanic was built in Belfast, there is more emphasis here on that part of the ship’s history than at other museums. The museum is more contemporary in presentation since it is new, incorporating high tech special effects. www.titanicbelfast.com
For you arm chair travelers, I discovered an interesting website that tells another part of the story – the survivor’s personal stories, even beyond the fateful evening that changed their lives. Many of the survivors could never talk about their experience.
And of course…. I thought I could get through this post without mentioning the epic film “Titanic”… No Celine Dion music…. just a great line from the movie.
“I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count. “ Jack Dawson.