On a cold spring evening 100 years ago, the world was changed forever as the legendary Titanic became a part of maritime history. This year, you and your family can pay tribute to the 1,500 passengers and crew who lost their lives, explore a replica of the ship, and discover how James Cameron’s version of the story unfolded. You’ll see all that and more when you visit Titanic Pigeon Forge this summer.
A Chance to See and Feel History
Titanic Pigeon Forge is more than just a museum full of memorabilia and artifacts. It offers visitors a chance to truly experience what life on board the RMS Titanic was really like – for both the passengers and crew members. As you enter the museum, you’ll be given an official “boarding pass” which bears the name of your passenger. As you explore the ship, keep in mind what he or she might have experienced on board the Titanic, and at the end of your visit, you’ll discover his or her fate.
Once inside, you’ll climb the grand staircase and imagine pausing to chat with some of the wealthiest people in the world as you make your way to the first-class decks. You’ll get a glimpse at the luxury wealthy passengers enjoyed when you peek inside the richly appointed staterooms, plus find out just what it took to afford such a trip.
The Titanic wasn’t all luxury, though. Perhaps your passenger was traveling third class. You’ll be amazed at the difference between the finery of first class and the utilitarian accommodations of the “steerage” passengers. Imagine yourself sharing a tiny windowless room with three other people, and you’ll soon understand that sea travel wasn’t always comfortable – even on the legendary Titanic.
Of course, the crew has their own tale to tell, and you and your family will enjoy taking part in the day-to-day workings of the great ship. You can man the ship’s wheel, send an SOS on the wireless, and shovel coal to keep the massive engines turning.
You’ll also get a feel for what the final hours were like when you touch the face of an iceberg, struggle to keep your balance on the tilting deck, and climb aboard a tiny lifeboat. Listen to the stories of survivors as they share how it felt to bob helplessly in the icy waters of the Atlantic while the luxury liner sunk out of sight beneath the waves.
Experience a Modern Take on History
The Titanic may have been a modern masterpiece of shipbuilding, but without the stories of those on board, her sinking would have caused hardly a splash. And there is no better way to experience the personal stories of passengers and crew than through the vision of James Cameron.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster, Titanic Pigeon Forge has added a new attraction: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Titanic.” You’ll see many of the actual props, costumes, and scripts used in the movie’s production, as well as learn about the spectacular effects that made it so popular. Every movie lover in your family will want to check out this exclusive exhibit.
The events of April 15, 1912 continue to captivate our imaginations, even 100 years later. A visit to Titanic Pigeon Forge is the perfect way to share a piece of history with your kids, experience the incredible stories of survival, and remember those who were lost. Make plans to spend a day at Titanic Pigeon Forge during your next Great Smoky Mountain vacation.
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