Titanic artifacts set course for Grand Rapids


The mission of RMS Titanic, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, is to preserve the legacy and full story of the Titanic for all time. The infamous ship sank on April 15, 1912. Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

More than 150 artifacts from the Titanic will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, beginning on Feb. 9, 2013.

“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” showcases many artifacts recovered from the wreckage and provides re-creations of the ship’s accommodations, including first- and third-class cabins. Visitors will be transported back in time through a visual tour re-imagining the lives and untimely deaths of the more than 1,500 passengers. Guests will learn the stories of several of the ship’s travelers as well as the heroism that so many showed as the ship foundered.

“The story has all the pieces of a Greek tragedy; some of the richest and poorest in the world, aboard this magnificent, unsinkable ship, and they are brought together by this terrible circumstance,” said Kate Moore, Grand Rapids Public Museum’s director of marketing and public relations.

All exhibit guests will receive a replica boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger. The tour provides a chronological journey from the ship’s construction through that fateful night in 1912. At the journey’s conclusion, a memorial wall will give “passengers” the opportunity to find out if they survived or perished.

According to the RMS Titanic website, the organization that has exclusive rights to recover objects from the Titanic wreck site, 5,500 artifacts have been recovered and conserved since 1987 through seven research exhibitions. More than 25 million visitors throughout the world have toured the exhibit.

The exhibit will be at the museum through July 7, 2013.

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