Set sail through history at Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition

By: Estee Martin

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ORLANDO, Fla. - On April 10, 1912 the RMS Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage carrying 2228 passengers on board. Five days later, the ship struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean. 
 
Since the sinking, there have been countless books and movies to tell the vivid stories of the victims and survivors of this international tragedy but for those who really want to get immersed in all things Titanic, there’s no better place than Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition on International Drive. I got the chance to take a closer look at this museum on this edition of Central Florida’s Hidden Gems. 
 
 
When you walk into Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, the first thing you’ll notice is the authenticity. The 17 gallery, 20000 square foot museum showcases more than 400 actual artifacts from the ship including the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered. There are also full-scale recreations of some of the most notable sections of the ship, like the Grand Staircase, First Class Cabin, and more. 
 
 
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition showcases these artifacts and the stories behind them with guided tours. During your tour, actors in period costume portray famous Titanic notables such as Capt. Smith and Margaret Brown, and share stories of the passengers and crew. But before any of this happens, you first need a boarding pass.
 
Each person on your tour will be given a boarding pass with the name of an actual passenger from Titanic. As you walk through the exhibit, you get the opportunity to put yourself in that passenger’s shoes and imagine what life was like for them over 100 years ago. Towards the end of the exhibit, all of the names of the survivors and the victims of the sinking are presented. Make sure to take a moment to see how your passenger fared. 
 
 
Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition each year. With hundreds of artifacts on display, each time you visit, you’re bound to see something new! To schedule your tour, click here.  
 

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