I’m a 26-year-old girl, or rather women, from London, England. I heading to New York City to meet my finance. I’m a 3rd Class Passenger on the RMS Titanic.
No, this isn’t opening lines for a novel, but instead information gleamed from the boarding pass that was handed to me at the Titanic Museum Attraction
in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the area's newest experience.
And I use the word experience
because the museum
isn’t like a typical museum. Here, you become a part of it through your boarding pass. This simple card features stories of real passengers who were aboard the Titanic and as you make you way through the exhibits, you’ll find out their fate at the end of the tour.
The museum itself is a half-scale, three-deck recreation of the Titanic. Using the actual master plans, no detail was left out. At times, it feels like your on the actual ship.
During the two-hour, self-guided tour
, you’ll view a first-class suite, third-class living quarters and the famous Grand Staircase, which are all full-size recreations that were built from the actual blueprints. However, what makes you linger longer at the exhibits and displays are the personal effects. Within the 20 galleries that house around 400 artifacts, you’ll see photos, handwritten letters and even the master key that opened all of the first-class suites. All of these items in a way helps you connect with the passengers.
There’s also a number of interactive elements woven into the tour. Perhaps the one that literally takes everyone’s breath away is touching the frozen “iceberg” and feeling the coldness of that doomed night. Be sure to take time to sit in the lifeboat and listen to the stories of the survivors.
While it seems easy to label places “unique” or “one-of-a-kind,” those are both authentic terms when describing the Titanic Museum Attraction. The artifacts, the design and the atmosphere all work together to create an experience that you won’t forget.
And by the way, my passenger survives.
Opened seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., the self-guided tour typically take about two hours. Advance tickets can be purchased online and are $20.50/adults, $9.84/children, ages 5-12 and children 4 and under are free. There’s also a family pass (2 adults and 2 children) for $57.27.
photo courtesy of Ackermann PR; exterior of Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.