We all know how the story ends, yet the world remains fascinated by the ill fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. An estimated 705 people survived and more than 1,500 passengers perished in 1912 when the "unsinkable" luxury ship struck an iceberg in the frigid Atlantic Ocean. Titanic never reached the intended destination of Chelsea Piers in New York City, but today many of her artifacts are on display during a limited engagement at the Discovery Times Square Exposition.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition features the largest collection of Titanic artifacts recovered from the wreck. More importantly, the exhibition makes a concerted effort to tell the stories of the families, immigrants, clergy, socialites, and titans of industry who boarded the Titanic full of hope and enthusiasm only to encounter disaster 4 days later. Upon arrival, all visitors to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition receive a replica boarding pass with the name and bio of an actual passenger. The journey through the exhibition's artifacts and replicas concludes at the memorial wall where visitors discover if the passenger on their pass was lost or saved.
First class passenger, and Titanic survivor, Margaret Brown became known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown." Brown took charge of her lifeboat and went back to the sinking ship to rescue more passengers from the freezing water. Our kind of girl!
Replicas of the Titanic's first class and third class cabins.
I was amazed at the number of personal items that were recovered from 12,460 feet below the ocean's surface such as shoes, jewelry, hair brushes, currency, purses, and even vials of perfume with their scent reportedly still intact 97 years later. The exhibition also features a stunning recreation of the Titanic's legendary Grand Stairway and an eerie ice-cold replica of the lethal iceberg. Foodies will be enthralled by the intact china dinnerware, set of au gratin dishes, and copies of the dinner menus. Tapioca consomme, anyone?
actual au gratin dishes from the Titanic
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