Thursday, December 29, 2011

Titanic Artifact Exhibition: Interesting Yet Underwhelming

 Sean and I spent the afternoon touring the RMS Titanic Artifact Exhibition, currently on at the Telus World of Science in Edmonton. Travelling North America and then the world, this exhibit features real artifacts from the wreckage, stories of passengers that survived the disaster and a short IMAX movie about the scientists that explore the shipwreck floor to discover tidbits of the ship and passengers' history. 

As you enter, you receive a boarding ticket with a real passenger's name and story; as you exit, you can check the memorial board to see if you were one of the 700 of over 3000 who survived. I was Ms. Alma Nils Palsson,a third class woman from Sweden, travelling with four children (Torburg, Paul, Stins and Gosta) to reunite with her husband in Chicago (he had moved there for his work) Though it was an interesting concept, I really felt underwhelmed (especially for the $35 ticket price). They could have put in more of an effort to include interactive, video or more interesting historical components. Perhaps when Janice and I visited the Indiana Jones exhibit when it was in Montreal this summer, my expectations were set much too high (click here to see my blog post on that exhibit). 
                                                                                                                                      While no photography was allowed, here are a few pics from the exhibit's website itself.I have to say that the perfectly encased plates for serving "au gratin" are my favourite. The wood cabinet disintegrated on the ocean floor, but the plates remained perfectly preserved. Amazing!

The stories of the last living survivor, Millvina Dean, as well as one British lady who remembers being eight years old and meeting a  French bulldog on the ship, were quite intriguing. Some of the photos and artifacts really made you feel as if you were there. 
If you have spare time, maybe check out the list of all the dogs that were on the Titanic at this link.

Speaking of animals, here's a pic of Sean with the snake (as we waited to get into the exhibit). I guess it was at the Science Centre!

Anyhow, I'm not going to say don't go---(it was kind of neat!), but don't expect interactivity or out of this world amazement--just some solid, historical knowledge and some interesting tidbits! Happy exploring!

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