3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 891191000
Type: Museums And Exhibits, Family Friendly
Although the "ship of dreams" met its demise nearly a century ago, the spirit of the Titanic and its passengers live on through "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."
Described as a floating palace, the incomparable Titanic was deemed "practically unsinkable" by the White Star Line and its builders. But on a calm, April night in 1912, the massive luxury liner struck an iceberg and slowly sank into the North Atlantic.
Since then, many items from the wreckage have been recovered and added to "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition." The 25,000-square-foot exhibit features numerous items from the Titanic, including a suitcase, a felt bowler hat, the ship's whistles, glassware etched with the logo of the White Star Line and even a massive piece of the ship itself. In addition, the exhibit features a full-scale re-creation of the Grand Staircase as well as a newly expanded outer Promenade Deck, complete with a re-creation of the frigid temperatures felt on that fateful April night.
The personal artifacts on display offer haunting, emotional connections to the forever-altered lives of those on board the Titanic. Visitors even have a chance to walk through authentically recreated first- and third-class rooms, with furnishings by original manufacturers.
The passenger list for the Titanic's maiden voyage read like a social register for the time, including names such as John Jacob Astor IV, who built the Astoria Hotel in New York; women's rights advocate Molly Brown; businessman Benjamin Guggenheim; Isidor Straus, of the L. Straus & Son fame, and his wife; and many others. There also were a number of immigrants on board, pursuing the dream of a better life in America.
Of the 2,228 passengers on board; more than 1,500 of them died. The exhibit concludes with a memorial wall honoring all those who lost their lives that fateful night.
The subject matter is somber, but "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" details an important chapter in maritime history that will leave a lasting impression.
-- Review by Noelani Jones