Every aspect of the Titanic and its story are exciting and dynamic. The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN does an excellent job examining each part of the story from its inception and design to its final resting place in the Atlantic Ocean. Get ready to be taken back to 1912 during this museum tour.
Titanic Museum Exterior
The physical structure of the museum is a replica of the Titanic. Pulling into the parking lot you get a beautiful view of the south side of the building. It featured the ship cruising along the water rubbing along an iceberg.
Parking is located on the north side lot, giving you a short walk to the museum. The entrance and gift shop design mimics the boarding station for White Star Line Ships. The building itself is enormous. It gave me perspective on just how large the Titanic was when it set sail in 1912.
After you have purchased a ticket for the voyage, you receive a passport representing an actual passenger aboard the Titanic. The challenge encourages patrons to dig deeper into the history of the Titanic. My passport was for a 3rd class male female passenger, Pieta Ilmakangas. She and her sister were from Finland and were traveling to New York to live. They were seeking a life changing adventure. Pieta would have stayed in cabin in a room similar to the one pictured here.
Other patrons received passports for 1st class passengers whose accommodations were grandeur and far larger than the 3rd class quarters.
Images of life on the Titanic would not be possible with out Father Francis Brown. He receives credit for taking the most in-depth photos of the Titanic. Father Brown de-boarded the ship in Queenstown, Ireland, bringing along his camera and film. We learned that if he had continued on to New York, very little images (if any at all) would be available for us to admire.
The interactive starry night exhibit represented the stern of the boat, moments before hitting the ice. It was dark, chilly and there was a wall covered in ice. You were able to reach across the edge of the stern and touch incredibly cold water. The air temperature of the room was 28 degrees, the same temperature night of the collision. Brrrrrr!!
Keep them coming
Every year the museum highlights a different aspect of the Titanic and its voyage. During 2012 the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic is celebrated. In 2013 the children of the Titanic will be featured.
It’s a delicate balance being a museum that is informative with out being boring. Often times a museum provides an enormous amount information, yet minimal opportunities to interact with the information. The Titanic Museum offers a personal connection between the survivors and those that perished through out the entire attraction. The curator created a museum that teaches of the boat and its passengers, while making you feel like you were aboard the ship.
I was an attendee of Brandcation Blog cabin. Admission to the event included the cost to the Titanic Museum. All Opinions are my own.