Gone To The Titanic Artifact Exhibition

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Ruth DeWitt Bukater: “So this is the ship they say is unsinkable.”
Cal: “It is unsinkable.  God himself couldn't sink this ship.”

Few events in the 20th century fascinate people more than the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912.  After the ship struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, over 1500 people died while only 706 survived.  Described as nearly unsinkable, this ship was sunk in its maiden voyage.  The story of the Titanic is compelling enough to turn a collection of artifacts from the ship into a traveling exhibition, which is currently a Las Vegas attraction.

Located in the Luxor Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a 25,000 square foot exhibit featuring various items from the ship, including ship whistles, luggage, china and much more.  The exhibit is located almost directly in the middle of the Luxor, directly below the top of the pyramid.
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The exhibit also had a replica of a first class grand staircase.  One of the unique things about this room was that they also replicated the tiling that was on the floor.  It was a black and white pattern made with just triangles.
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Part of the exhibit was a section from the ship’s hull called the Big Piece.  It is currently the largest Titanic artifact ever retrieved.  It weighs 15 tons and measures more than 26 feet long.
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Unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside, so I didn’t get to capture most of what I saw, but there was a lot to it.  There were entire rooms, dishes, a lot of personal items, handmade tools, and jewelry from various passengers.  They talked about the different classes and what their onboard accommodations were like.

Other memorable parts were a replica of the Promenade Deck with a starlit sky and an iceberg that you could touch in the next room.

I did enjoy my time at the exhibit, however, I wish I could’ve taken photos.  They’re probably concerned about people using flash.  If you want to know everything there is to know from the exhibit, you are reading a lot of text, and there really isn’t much of a break from it.  It’s somewhat tiring, especially if you had just pigged out on a
breakfast buffet at the Bellagio.  If you decide to check this out, be prepared for that.

Overall, I was totally impressed with the volume of stuff they had here.  I kept thinking the exhibit was over, and nearly every time I would turn, there was another room to it.  The items they had were also in good shape, which makes me wonder how many items they had that were totally messed up. 

I think they did a great job bringing the passengers’ experiences to life through the artifacts, and I was left with a greater appreciation of what happened on that fateful night of April 14, 1912.
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