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Saturday, 21 April, 2012 2:41 PM

REVIEW: 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' is a must-see at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

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The exterior of the new exhibition is painted to look like the RMS Titanic.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan is hosting the touring display of the "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition." To commemorate the 100th anniversary of its sinking, more than 250 artifacts are featured in the museum from March 31 through September 30, 2012.

As you enter the exhibit, you are given a replica boarding pass of a real passenger who boarded the Titanic in 1912. Walking through, you begin a chronological journey from when the engineers planned and the construction workers eventually built this massive ship. You will be able to see actual artifacts found from the ocean floor. Dishes, champagne bottles and cooking pots from the first, second and third class passenger floors are displayed.

The forward masthead light which warns other ships of Titanic's approach, deck bench armrest from the upper deck where passengers can sit which provided a panoramic view of the ocean below, also clothing, jewelry and spectacles which were later found in the debris, just to name a few.

A re-created grand staircase was the highlight as you can get a professional picture taken standing on the steps. You can step back in time to see a replica of the first and third class cabins along with the crew accommodations.

As you walk along the timeline of events, darkness approaches, and you can press your hands against an iceberg to feel the actual temperature of that fateful night.

On the way out, there is a list of all living and dead passengers on a wall divided into their first, second and third class status. Checking the boarding pass you were given as you entered, you may check the wall to see if your real person who boarded the ship has lived or died.

I would definitely recommend seeing this exhibit. One hundred years ago, Titanic set sail and sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 people. The exhibit accurately portrays that ill-fated voyage about a ship that was considered 'unsinkable'. Stories of heroism is also reflected in this exhibit.

There is a general store upon exiting featuring souvenirs, postcards, jewelry, t-shirts, blankets and other gifts to make your visit memorable.

Ticket prices are as follows: Members $10, non-members price includes admission to the museum $27 (adults), $22.50 for youth (5-12), $25 for seniors (62+) and children under 4 are free. For more information, call 313-982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org/titanic.

OVERALL RATING: A

 

 

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Timed tickets are available in increments of 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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The new exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.

 

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Facts about the year 1900

 

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Drafting the RMS Titanic vessel

 

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A barometer used on the Titanic to measure atmospheric pressure.

 

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