The saga will go on. Few ships get to be as famous as the RMS Titanic that tragically sunk on her maiden voyage one tragic night in 1912. Today, over a hundred years and several movies later, there are numerous Titanic Museums around the world. One (understandably) is in Belfast in Ireland where she was built. But others pop up in rather unlikely places - like the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and this museum, in particular, is well worth a visit.
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The RMS Titanic And Her Tragic Sinking
The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner and her maiden voyage was from Southampton to New York City. She had an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard when she struck the iceberg. Over 1,500 people perished in what remains the deadliest peacetime sinking of a superlinear or cruise ship.
- Passengers: 2,224 Passengers
Adding to her fame, at the time of her sinking she was the largest ship afloat and was one of three Olympic class ocean liners. Her chief naval architect was Thomas Andrews - he too perished in her sinking.
- Captain: Captain Edward Smith (Went Down With His Ship)
While much is made of the fact that the RMS Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for her passengers, this was industry standard at the time. In fact, she had advanced safety features for her time - she featured watertight compartments and remotely operated watertight doors.
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- Myth: All Ships Are Sinkable, And No One Ever Claimed the RMS Titanic Was Unsinkable
The Titanic had a total of sixteen watertight compartments and she was designed so that four could be ruptured and continue to float. However, unfortunately, in her collision with the iceberg five were ripped open.
- Sinking: At 11:40 pm (Ship's time) She Shruck The Iceberg, At 2.20 am She Broke Apart And Sunk
- Rescue: Just Under Two Hours Later The liner RMS Carpathia Arrived and Rescued An Estimated 710 Survivors
- Discovery: The Broken Wreck Of The RMS Titanic Was Found In 1985 (Sponsored By The US Navy)
- Final Survivor: The Final Survivor Passed Away In 2009 at The Age Of 97 (Was An Infant Aged 2 Months At The Time)
Visiting The Titanic Museum
Even though the Titanic Museum is only built half to scale, it is the largest permanent Titanic museum in the world. It is built in a pool, to create the impression of the RMS Titanic out at sea.
- Date Opened: April 8, 2010
- Scale: Built to Half-Scale
There are 2-hour self-guided tours of the museum. The whole museum was designed to give the sensation of actually being an original passenger on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Guests are given passenger boarding tickets, and the ticket has a name (and class that they were traveling) of an actual Titanic passenger aboard the Titanic that fateful night. At the Titanic Memorial Room, guests find out if the passenger survived that harrowing event.
- COVID-19: Due To The Pandemic The Capacity Has Been Reduced, It Can Easily Book Out And Guests Should Plan Ahead
- Adults: $28.00 (Aged 13 and Up, $31.00 Box Office Rate)
- Children: $15.00 (Aged 5 to 12)
- Small Kids: Free (Aged 4 and Under)
Why It's Worth The Visit
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The Titanic museum today has over 400 genuine Titanic artifacts in its galleries on display. None of them have been altered or forged and none of them have been retrieved from the wreck of the Titanic. All of the items on display were carried off the sinking ship and into the lifeboats by the passengers - or they were recovered from the floating debris field following the sinking.
The Titanic museum goes to lengths to say that their museum is much more than just another tourist trap. Instead, visitors describe it as "Disney-like", and "elegant and inspiring". It was built at half scale using the original plans that Harland & Wolff used to construct the real Titanic. It has been built to be authentic.
- Grand Staircase: The Hand-Crafted Grand Staircase Alone Cost Over $1 Million But Built And Is The Only One In The World To Accommodate Visitors
Dining At the Titanic Museum
One can relive the famous 1997 Titanic movie in more ways than one. The museum even boasts its own first-class dinners onboard. These are formal sit-down dinners and with cocktail and Hors d'Oveuvre.
Despite being far away from the ocean in the Appalachians and in a landlocked state, one can enjoy a very authentic Titanic experience. But this isn't the only maritime surprise the Appalachians hold. See here for visiting a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky.