Photo Courtesy of Titanic Museum
On the Saturday before Christmas we went to Pigeon Forge to visit the Titanic Museum. Something I have wanted to do for a long time and cannot believe I waited so long to do.
I’ve been fascinated by the Titanic for years, and long before the movie, which I am not ashamed to say I liked. I remember learning a little about it in History class. As I got older, and technology improved, I researched more about the fateful ship.
Getting to share the Titanic Museum experience with my son, was a blast. I knew he would enjoy it, but was impressed with just how much he got into it.
When we arrived, two gentlemen were waiting outside to welcome us aboard and give us our boarding passes. Cody loved this right from the get-go. You see, the boarding pass was in the name of one of the original people to have departed Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912. The pass had the name, whether you were a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class passenger, your age, residence, and some information about you.
At the end of the tour is a memorial room where you can see if they survived or perished the night the Titanic sunk.
- My son’s boarding pass – Rev. Byles. 2nd Class Passenger Age: 42. Residence: Essex, England. He was one of three priests on board.
- My husband’s pass – Patrick Canavan. 3rd Class Passenger. Age: 21. Residence: Knockmaria, County Mayo, Ireland.
- My pass – Victorine Chaudanson. 1st Class Passenger. Age: 36. Residence: Haverford, Pennsylvania.
I’ll tell you their fates at the end of my review.
Before you start they also give you an audio device. Along the museum there are numbers – for adults, as well as a more children-friendly version – that you press into the audio device and listen to a description or story that explains what you are looking at… my son and husband listened to it more than I did. I preferred to just look and read everything at my own pace.
There’s lots of letters written by passengers of the Titanic or their family members. It was quite enjoyable to read them.
My favorite part of the tour was the grand staircase. It truly was/is beautiful. I love that the flooring looked like marble but was something new and trendy of the time… linoleum. It was a big deal in it’s day.
My son loved the iceberg he could touch and the water that you stick your hand in and feel how cold it was that night. He held his hand in for about a minute. “I can’t believe people had their whole bodies submerged in water that cold!” It definitely hit home for him.
He also loved the ramps that demonstrated the steepness/angles of the ship during the various stages of the sinking.
At the end of our tour we discovered that Rev. Byles died helping to save others. Patrick Canavan also died, but Victorine Chaudanson survived. My son said that he was glad that Rev. Byles was able to help people before he died.
I would highly recommend anyone give the Titanic Museum a tour, especially families or school organizations. Or if you’re a history buff, like me.
Everyone we encountered at the museum was very friendly and helpful. It was a very good day.
My only complaint is that no photography is allowed. I would loved to have taken pictures.
Disclosure: I was provided tickets to tour the Titanic Museum to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.