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Commemorate the 101st anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, Monday, April 15 at noon; state employees receive discount into "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition"

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Contact: emelia.cowans@naturalsciences.org; 919.707.9837

101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic commemorated in a  “Lunch & Learn, ” Monday, April 15 at noon

RALEIGH — At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Less than three hours later, the last of the mighty ship slipped beneath the surface, taking more than 1,500 passengers with her.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the maiden voyage of the Titanic on Monday, April 15 at 12 noon for a one-hour “Lunch & Learn” in the Museum’s main auditorium. The public is invited to bring a lunch and listen to a historical account of the Titanic’s final hours, told by historian and actor, Michael Sanders, known for his portrayal of Edward J. Smith, Captain of the Titanic. Admission is free. For those who want to buy lunch for the presentation, the Museum’s Acro Café on the 4th floor, has a variety of wraps and sandwiches for sale.

Sanders, who also bears an uncanny resemblance to Captain Smith, will give a 45-minute presentation followed by 15-minutes of Q & A. Sanders has been involved in theater since 1974, before, during and after his 14 years in the U.S. Army.  His theatrical roles/activities have varied, from portraying characters in a number of military base productions, Renaissance fairs, and dinner theater to assisting in stage lighting, construction and props. Recently, his resemblance to Captain Smith has given him a new direction to apply his improvisational skills.

The Museum is also offering a special sinking date admission price of $10 to North Carolina state employees who want to see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. State employees need only show their badges to receive the discount.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition closes Sunday, April 28. Museum visitors will have even more opportunity to see the exhibit on the last two weekends of its schedule.  The Museum will be open late, until 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday (April 18 to 20 and April 25 to 27). Last entry into the exhibit will be 8 p.m.  On Sunday, April 21, and Sunday, April 28, the exhibit will still close at 5 p.m. Last entry into the exhibit will be 4 p.m.

Museum admission is free.  Titanic Tickets are: $14 for Adults; $11 for Seniors (65+), Students and Military; $9 for Children (3-12); $8 for Museum Members; $11 on Thursdays and First Friday. To purchase tickets, visit  or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.  For more information, contact Emelia Cowans at 919.707.9837 or emelia.cowans@naturalsciences.org.


RMS Titanic Inc. has a singular purpose: to faithfully and respectfully preserve the memory of Titanic and of all who sailed with her. Over the past 15 years, more than 22 million people have seen this powerful exhibition in major museums worldwide — from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to London. RMS Titanic Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of the Titanic. In all activities and events related to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, the Museum of Natural Sciences wishes to remember and honor those whose lives were lost due to the Titanic’s tragic sinking 100 years ago.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla III, Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2013