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Artifacts, Exhibits, and Memorials That Commemorate the RMS Titanic
On her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean and sunk. The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most infamous events of the modern age - 1,514 of 2,227 passengers and crew perished when the Titanic sank. This is one of the sea's biggest tragedies and even inspired the eponymous movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
There are many exhibits and places to learn more about the Titanic throughout the United States. If you or someone you know is obsessed with the famous film, taking a trip to a museum to learn about the true story will be unique and interesting.
The following is information about permanent exhibits, museums, and memorials where you can learn more about the Titanic and pay tribute to the ship and the passengers. Regardless of where you are in the United States, there are many places to visit where you can learn more about the history of this American tragedy. For even more Titanic... lore, check out the Encyclopedia Titanica.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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The Titanic Museums and Exhibits: New York City
New York City was where the Titanic hoped to end up and it has at least three places where you can learn more about the ship. The Titanic Memorial Lighthouse is located in Lower Manhattan at the intersections of Pearl and Fulton Streets outside the South Street Seaport Museum, which now owns it. Dedicated on April 15, 1913, one year after the sinking, the now historic lighthouse pays tribute to the passengers, crew, and officers who died.
Further north in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, is Straus Park, which contains a 1913 memorial to Ida Straus, wife of Isidor Straus, a U.S. Congressman. The memorial is dedicated to Ida's honor because she decided to stay with her husband rather than board a lifeboat to safety. She continues to be honored for her brave dedication.
Finally, visit the Jane Hotel, once known as the American Seaman's Friend Society Sailors' Home and Institute. Surviving crew members of the Titanic were put up here after the tragedy.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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The Titanic Museums and Exhibits: Washington, DC
The National Museum of American History, a Smithsonian Institution Museum, contains several Titanic artifacts on permanent display across several of its exhibits. Some of the more poignant relics include photographs and a life vest. The Titanic is an important part of American history and therefore an important part of the National Museum.
Washington, DC, also has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Titanic disaster located in its southwest quadrant at 4th and P Streets. The Women's Titanic Memorial in Washington Channel Park was erected in 1930.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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The Titanic Museums and Exhibits: Indian Orchard, Massachusetts
The nation's first Titanic Historical Society was established in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, in 1963. The small museum that has branched out of the historical society's collection of Titanic artifacts includes the life vest worn by John Jacob Astor, models of the ship and its rudder and propellers, and personal objects like clothing, coins, and letters.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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The Titanic Museums and Exhibits: Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri, is home to the Titanic Museum, which has a year-round interactive exhibit. Highlights of the museum include a $1 million replica of the boat's grand staircase, an 18-foot scale model of the White Star Line ship, and cabin replicas. The museum tries to make the visit educational for its guests by, for example, giving them the chance to experience a "sloping" deck as the ship sinks and also providing a passenger card that lets you follow the experience of a passenger through the tragedy to learn of his or her fate. But, some visitors may find these latter features a bit morbid.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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The Titanic Museums and Exhibits: Denver, Colorado
The Molly Brown House Museum in Denver is where you can learn about the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, the Titanic's most famous survivor. The museum is located within Brown's actual home and mostly contains exhibits about the woman, her life, and the Victorian era. The Molly Brown House Museum offers regular events that discuss Molly Brown's time on the Titanic ship.