The “must-see” showcase Titanic in Photographs – The Exhibition is now on display at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA and will run through July 2018.
Almost 100 period photographs are displayed, guiding the visitor through the immersive story of Titanic; from conception to her tragic demise. The exhibit offers a comprehensive, educational view of one of the most memorable moments in history; a story that continues to captivate the public’s imagination over 100 years later.
The synergy between Titanic and the Queen Mary is obvious; the latter being the most famous surviving ocean liner in history and built for the Cunard/White Star Line after their merger in 1934. Queen Mary would have been Titanic’s successor, as indeed she was for her near-identical twin sister ship, Olympic. RMS Titanic continues to be one of the most popular culture topics in the world. The touring Titanic exhibit feels at home on the Queen Mary whose legacy, historical worth and cultural influences continue to impress over a million on-board visitors each year.
Bringing the photographs to life with a world-class display!
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by world-renowned maritime historians, Daniel Klistorner & Steve Hall, Titanic in Photographs – The Exhibition takes the visitor on a journey back in time, through the eyes of those who were there, including Harland & Wolff’s professional photographer, Robert Welch, period press photographers & passengers on board Titanic and the rescue ship, Carpathia.
The photographs are just part of this riveting exhibition. Alongside many of the images are display cabinets, containing over 150 genuine artefacts from Titanic, her identical twin sister, Olympic and even the rescue ship, Carpathia. These rare and often unique items bring the photographs to life, transporting the visitor back in time and placing them in the picture.
This visual journey takes you through the building process of the ill-fated ship, before transporting you onto the decks and into many of the sumptuous staterooms; the Smoking Room, Turkish Bath & Swimming Pool, the breath-taking Grand Staircase, the luxurious 1st Class Lounge with its magnificent cartel clock and much, much more.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the only surviving White Star Line lifeboat; virtually identical to those used by all too few of Titanic’s passengers, as they waited to be rescued from the icy waters of the North Atlantic after Titanic foundered.
These rare, stunning artefacts include gilt & crystal light fittings, furniture, china, silverware, crystal and even the very chairs used by passengers!
Relive the emotion of the disaster as you view personal items, such as stationery from Titanic’s Reading & Writing Room, sent home as a souvenir by one of the victims of the sinking, mailed at the ship’s last port of call; Queenstown. A railway ticket, purchased on board Titanic from the Purser’s Office by a 3rd class passenger, for his return journey that was never to take place….
Although the emphasis of the exhibition is based around the beauty, opulence & splendour of this truly magnificent ship, the tragedy itself is comprehensively covered with a poignant display, containing lifeboat plaques, unique original period photographs taken on board the rescue ship Carpathia, a passenger list, memorial postcards and even a gold pocket watch, dropped by a 1st class passenger as he rushed to secure a place in one of the last lifeboats to leave the sinking ship, only to be picked up by one of Titanic’s crew members.
As Titanic slowly slipped beneath the waves, bandleader Wallace Hartley & his fellow musicians heroically played on until the final moments. View some the actual sheet music he carried with him that night, tragically recovered still with him some 10 days later…
As the visitor leaves this exhibition, a Memorial Wall lists the crew & passengers of Titanic; driving home the cold truth of just how many survived & perished on that fateful night of 15th April 1912.
Titanic in Photographs – The Exhibition offers an all-new experience and a comprehensive, educational view of one of the most memorable moments in history; a story that continues to captivate the public’s imagination over 100 years later.
The synergy between Titanic and the Queen Mary is obvious; the latter being the most famous surviving ocean liner in history and built for the Cunard/White Star Line after their merger in 1934. Queen Mary would have been Titanic’s successor, as indeed she was for her near-identical twin sister ship, Olympic.
Exhibit is now open daily from 11AM-6PM.