FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2012
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“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” comes to Raleigh
Discover the official story of the 100-year journey
[RALEIGH] — Titanic, the ship of dreams, still fascinates readers, moviegoers and just about anyone who has heard the tragic tale, even a century after an iceberg sent the now-legendary ship to the bottom of the icy North Atlantic. Starting September 29, visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences can follow that fateful voyage, take on the identity of a passenger, touch the iceberg and see more than 200 artifacts recovered from the broken ship’s debris field two-and-a-half miles beneath the surface.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs through April 28, 2013, immersing visitors in the experience of the 2,228 passengers — titans of commerce, artists, leaders of countries, immigrant dreamers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. More than 1,500 died, and no one had believed it could happen. It was a catastrophe that shook the world’s faith in technology and forever imprinted the ship’s name into history books.
Titanic’s compelling human stories are told through authentic artifacts and exacting re-creations of the ship’s interior. Delicate bottles of perfume, china bearing the logo of the White Star Line, and many other objects recovered from the wreck site offer poignant connections to lives abruptly ended or forever changed by one of the world’s greatest maritime tragedies.
Visitors are quickly drawn back in time upon entrance to the exhibition, as each receives a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through the life of Titanic, moving through the ship’s construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact recovery efforts. They will marvel at the Titanic Construction Gallery, view a re-created third-class cabin, stand on the Captain’s Bridge, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity. Finally, in the “Memorial Gallery” guests will take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished.
Educational, emotional and appropriate for all ages, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition pays homage to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
Tickets: $14 for Adults; $11 for Seniors (65+), Students and Military; $9 for Children (3-12); $8 for Museum Members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://naturalsciences.org/titanic  or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.
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, Dee Freeman., Secretary.