My Titanic Experience at the Art Science Museum

For this exhibit you need to fully use your imagination in order to enjoy it. I think it would be best to watch the Titanic movie before you come here, for a better appreciation and compassion for the people on board. Especially those in third class.  Actually going through this exhibition makes me want to watch the movie all over again.  Also if you’re about to take a cruise I don’t know if it’s a good idea to watch this, although towards the end of the exhibit there is information about how safety has improved since then.

The Art Science Museum, already prettily decked out for Christmas.

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I am guessing that Vertu must be a sponsor for this exhibit.

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The exhibit is special as it tries to recreate the feeling of being in the ship itself.

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Very dimly lit within. Created the feeling of being out at sea on a dark night. Also back then I guess it was mostly kerosene lamps as it was almost a 100 years ago with the ship setting sail in 1912.

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The luxury of first class. Really looked like a hotel lobby.

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I got the strong sense of the social class system and inequality that was in place then. But I guess even now on airplanes there is the pecking order with first class versus cattle class. How sad that I am always in cattle class but yearn to be elsewhere.

Here they recreated the spaciousness of a first class cabin.

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With a dining area.

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There were over 750 in first class and they occupied the bulk of the space on the ship. I keep thinking of the crammed quarters of the poor people on third class and the crew.

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Third class had bunk beds.

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Most parts of the exhibit was quite haunting if you realize that these were real people like you or me that went through this traumatic experience.

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The scariest part is when you realize the the end for half the passengers were near with the sighting of the icebergs.

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And what an awful thing when you realize that there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers as there was overconfidence that the ship was unsinkable.

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Even more tragic, not all the life boats were filled to capacity. All those lives lost. The thought of it will break your heart. Especially when you think of their family members left behind.

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In terms of proportion, among all aboard, the crew and third class had the most people who perished. Life really is unfair.

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The wreck of the Titanic is slowly disintegrating and will soon disappear completely.

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What I didn’t feature were all actual things that were recovered from the ship, that were on display in glass cases. Clothing, wallets, dining sets. I was most impressed by the boarding pass I was given at the start of the exhibit. I didn’t check out whether she survived or not as many people were peering at the board of survivors.

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7 Responses to My Titanic Experience at the Art Science Museum

  1. Laura says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit but felt deeply moved by the human tragedy of that voyage.

  2. 365days2play says:

    Wow I want to go! This looks like a history exhibit rather than an art or science thing!

  3. Crystal says:

    That looks like a truly amazing exhibit. I’ve long been fascinated by the history of the “unsinkable ship” and admit more than a passing weakness for the movie.

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