World’s Largest Titanic Museum Attraction Offers Interactive Experience
Titanic fans rejoice! The brand new Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. is set to open Thursday, April 8, 2010! A star-studded Grand Opening is scheduled and is to be hosted by Regis Philbin. Descendants and family members of those who were on board the Titanic will be attending the christening of the ship and the weekend-long event is open to the public!
A free concert by country music legend Neal McCoy, Beatles cover band Liverpool Legends (hand-picked and managed by George Harrison’s sister), nightly fireworks displays and special events and performances will be just some of the activities featured up to Sunday, April 11.
The Titanic Museum Attraction is a permanent, half-scale, three-deck reproduction of the Titanic anchored in water to create the illusion of the Titanic at sea. Inside, visitors will find full-size reproductions of the Titanic (built to actual Titanic blueprints) of the Third-Class quarters, dining rooms and of course the famed centerpiece known by all – a $1 million exact reproduction of the Titanic’s Grand Staircase. The First-Class suite which was occupied by Macy Department Stores founders and owners Isidor and Ida Straus, and used in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie as Rose’s suite will be another one of the attractions.
This amazing museum will house 20 galleries displaying hundreds of authentic, priceless Titanic artifacts that were either carried from the ship and into lifeboats by passengers and crew, or were found afloat soon after the sinking and quickly salvaged by rescue boats.
“We pay respect to Titanic by telling the story of the ship and her passengers,” said John Joslyn, owner of the new Titanic Museum Attraction. “Visitors learn the individual stories of those onboard the ship as they are learning about the ship itself. We have spent years researching these people and their stories are absolutely amazing.
“In addition to an unparalleled collection of artifacts, we have built Titanic Museum Attraction as a completely interactive attraction. You hear the wonderful stories as you’re going through the museum, but you are also experiencing things the way they were in 1912 when Titanic sailed. It’s one thing to hear about the men who shoveled coal into the boilers – but it comes to life for you when you pick up that shovel and feel what it means to shovel coal into a furnace.”
This highly interactive world class museum will offer a hands-on experience for children, teenagers and adults.
Some of the fun experiences:
- Walk Titanic’s Grand Staircase
- Touch the frozen surface of an “iceberg”
- Feel the chill of that fateful “Starry Night”
- Study some of the largest, most detailed Titanic models ever built
- Grip the ship’s wheel and follow the Captain’s commands
- Tour world-class galleries and the rare historical artifacts they hold
- Sit in a Titanic lifeboat and listen to actual survivors tell their stories
- Send an SOS from the Marconi Wireless Room
- Test their balance while standing on mini-decks built to show the ever-steeper slope of Titanic as she sank
- Watch children eight years and younger explore the special interactive TOTanic Play-and-Learn Room
- Dive to Titanic’s wreck site via spectacular underwater camera footage
The Titanic Museum Attraction Grand Opening event will begin Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. and continues with special events and celebrity guest appearances throughout the weekend. Tickets are now available online at www.TitanicPigeonForge.com. (Note: The outdoor Grand Opening and christening are free and open to the public, but admission to the Titanic Museum Attraction requires a ticket.)