When I was in middle school, I had to do a report on a historical event in the early 1900s. I chose the Titanic and interviewed a lady in town that was alive and remembered the Titanic. Her story was memerable as she recounted family members and news articles of the devastation and has stuck with me when the Titanic film was a box office hit. I remembered her once again as I toured Titanic Belfast.
A new building and tourist attraction in Belfast, Titanic Belfast is a work of modern architecture. The building is located near the largest dry dock in the world. Even though admission is pricy, it is a good escape for a rainy day and will take a few hours to walk through.
Ticket prices from August 2013
Take a walking tour through the exhibits on different floors and meet some of the passengers while listening to their stories. I couldn’t help walking through and taking pictures of the maps, the interactive exhibits, and the embarking on the Shipyard ride.
Learn about ship building and design of Titanic and the company, Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries, that built it that still exists today. Step on the floor to zoom in on the mechanics and design of the particular area of the ship.
Ride up an elevator to the Shipyard Ride, where you will hear audio from your cart on the conditions of working in the shipyard on the Titanic.
Even though a movie plays in the theater showing the exploration of the remains of the Titanic on the ocean floor, Titanic Belfast is lacking historical artifacts from the actual ship itself. Most are only documents and not what was on the ship. I suppose the artifacts are in other museum exhibits worldwide.
Despite Titanic Belfast mainly exhibiting how the ship was made, it shows recreations of how the different cabins and rooms were designed and decorated without any of the ruins. Walk into a panoramic screen for a graphical tour of the inside of the ship and the different levels from the engine to the ballroom.
After touring the inside of the museum, take a walk outside to where the Titanic was built along side the Olympic, which ended up saving the survivors of the Titanic. Even though it has been filled in by the concrete platform, it still shows how large of a ship the Titanic really was.
Overall, Titanic Belfast is a very interactive museum that can keep even the non-museum traveler amused. The use of maps and compasses really intrigued me, along with the projections on windows before showing the views of the dry docks below.
Would you go to Titanic Belfast?
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