Snapshots of our trip to The Titanic Museum
Anyone else have an unexplainable interest in ALL things Titanic?
One Stop was given the incredible opportunity to review the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN this past week.
As primary editor of One Stop my family and I enjoyed the sights and sounds of everything Titanic while experiencing the museum.
Here are a few of our snapshots.
From the parking lot you are over whelmed by the sheer size of the Museum. Not unlike the Titanic in its day! A monstrous ship with attached ice berg cleverly join what appears to be a boarding station. A cleanly uniformed maid will hand you your very own character card. She then sweetly directs you to your place in line. History of the R.M.S. Titanic begins to swirl around you.
Photography is prohibited inside the museum itself, so the remainder of our "snapshots" will be "mental" in nature, but trust me when I say you won't need to take tangible pictures of the inside to remember this experience.
Snapshot #2: Father Browne's Photography
They say a picture is worth a thousand words! In your minds eye try to create a beautifully lighted gallery with multiple photographs posted here, there and yes, everywhere. Each one telling their story. Revealing the human side to this voyage. A couple taking a stroll, a young boy exploring Titanic's deck, and two neatly uniformed officers allowing their own likenesses to be created through photography. Its difficult not to stay too long. Each picture begs for a second look.
Snapshot #3: Child's Play
Look to the side of the wall and there you'll spot two children, mine. As they read the question posed to them on the plaque above the spinning wheel they laugh to discover if they've answered correctly or not. Throughout the museum these "wheels of questions & answers" are strategically placed. An excellent way of introducing fun facts for Titanic Museum patrons of all ages.
Snapshot #4: The Grand Stair Case
Yes, everything you've seen in the movies and pictures are true. IT is a sight to behold. And as you stand right there holding the rail, the Museum itself seems to dance with excitement! "Don't stay too long", says the orderly maid as she directs you up the stairs and tells you there is so much more to come.
Snapshot #5: The Iceberg
As we walked onto the deck it came at us like a sudden shock. The brutal cold! Walking over to the ice berg we touched it. Dipping our hands in the chilly waters, could we bear it longer than a few seconds? What a visual and physical way to bring the reality of that chilling iceberg to life!
Snapshot #6 The Lists
As we neared the end of our visit. This room itself seemed solemn. Finely crafted engraved lists appear on the walls. Did the "character" we played survive? You won't leave this area without history glaring straight at you! Mrs. Madeleine Astor's life vest is prominently displayed in full view. Its difficult not to be moved by the gravity of this display.
I hope you've enjoyed reading just a few of the "snapshots" we took on our trip to The Titanic Museum. I can't say enough just how well done and thoughtful the museum was. You can also purchase (for a small charge) a specially designed head set for detailed information along your tour. This headset has also been incorporated for children. Enhancing their visit into a fun filled exploration. We enjoyed this added touch as we visited the museum.
We could hardly believe we had spent over two hours in the museum when we finished our tour.
A few additional sections included a memorabilia area from the Titanic movie and a hands-on room where patrons can test out a life boat or try to walk the angled decks of Titanic as she sinks.
Here is a brief description of the Museum from their website:
Titanic Pigeon Forge is a 30,000 square-foot, ship-shaped structure situated on 5.69 acres that overlook the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The forward half of the ship will be re-created and will be half-the size of the original Titanic. It holds 20 galleries with hundred of artifacts on two decks. The primary objective in creating Titanic Pigeon Forge was to build a permanent monument to the 2,208 men, women and children who sailed on her.
As far as I see it this is one of the premier attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN!
Can't get enough after your tour has ended? I recommend stopping by the museum's gift shop and picking up a copy of T is for Titanic by Debbie & Michael Shoulders.
This clever book is an alphabetical journey through the Titanic. Children will learn additional facts about this incredible event in history from A to Z. My daughter loved reading through this book well after our visit had ended!
*One Stop was given free family admission to The Titanic Museum in Pigeon forge, TN, two special tour headsets and a complimentary copy of T is for Titanic by Debbie & Michael Shoulders. All of the opinions and comments within this review are completely 100% my own. Thank you, Titanic Museum, Pigeon Forge, TN!