The Titanic Experience - Learn Your Fate as a Passenger
Climb the Grand staircase
On the weekend my family and I went to Titanic The Exhibition. Firstly I've always had an interest in the ill-fated ship's maiden voyage and secondly wanted to learn more and see actual artefacts from on board. It didn't disappoint. Upon entering we were given a boarding pass with the details of an actual passenger including name, age, marital status, occupation, passenger fact and class and cabin no/stateroom they were travelling in. You become the passenger: a great idea, especially for the kids.
Moving through each room of exhibits you could really immerse yourself in the whole voyage. There was plenty of information to read and pictures, letters, newspaper headlines, photos and original footage of the ship and its passengers to look at. There were hundreds of artefacts, many from the cabins, smoking rooms and dining rooms including a display of crockery used for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class dining.
Stargazing from the outside deck
You could view a cabin for those travelling third class and sit out on deck as though watching the night sky sail by. I really enjoyed walking through the recreated first class cabin hallway and ascending the grand staircase. You couldn't help but feel as though you were actually on board the great ship.
Beautiful domed ceiling
Further into the exhibition you arrive at the point where it all becomes very real. Here you learn just how quickly the ship sank and you come face-to-face with a real iceberg which you can touch and only just imagine how cold the water would have been. Past this section were props and clothing from James Cameron's movie along with posters and information on other movies made over time and plenty more historical facts to absorb.
The three propellers
But most moving is the Memorial Gallery where the names of all those on board, crew and passengers, are listed by the class in which they travelled and whether they were saved or lost. Even though you know the figures, seeing the large list of names of those lost is really quite sobering. It's at this point you check your boarding pass to find your assigned passenger amongst the names and learn their fate. My passenger was a 45 year old female travelling in first class and I felt quite relieved to read she had been saved.