Each year for Spring Break we join my parents for a family vacation. One year it was Orlando, another year it was Myrtle Beach. This year they loaded up their car in Ohio and we loaded up ours in Texax to split the difference between our two locations and headed out to Branson, MO. We had a top 10 list of attractions we wanted to experience and the Titanic Museum was on that list. We headed there our first day there and I’m so glad we didn’t wait until later on in the week when we may have been too tired to truly enjoy all that this attraction has to offer.
A little about Titanic Museum . . .
We have all seen the movies, and many know the tragic story of the Titanic. How could we not after the movie? This particular attraction does five things:
- You experience that ship from bow to stern, from steerage to the bridge.
- You learn so much about the history, not only of the boat but of the era.
- You learn about the mechanics of the boat, how it was built and why the accident happened.
- You experience the stories of the people who perished and survived the experience.
- Your family will have a great deal of fun doing it!
As we boarded the vessel, character crew members provided us with our boarding pass tells each passenger who they are on the ship. Throughout a self-guided tour, with a few stops along the way for interactive and engaging tales from the ship as well as activities to do, you learn more about the people you are pretending to be, the other passengers and eventually learn if they perished or survived. But the story doesn’t stop there, you also get to find out what your character did after they survived near death and some of the stories are phenomenal!
I’ll admit, we were there a little over three hours – and yes, we had the kids with us! Only the promise of some pocket money in the gift shop got them to move along on their way. I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the amazing exhibits that we enjoyed, so I’ll just share with you a few of our favorites.
One of the first exhibits we encountered we learned about the different breeds of dogs and other pets on board the ship. There are also a number of stopping stations for children to test their Titanic knowledge and learn about the ship with an interactive puzzle featuring the mascots Molly and Carter. My girls even got a chance to pet Molly as she was making her way off the ship for a potty break.
Children are provided with a trivia scratch sheet with their boarding passes. The trivia questions match the “test your knowledge” stations located throughout the museum and helped the girls find the answers to their questions. Cece was thrilled to find out the answer to one question while watching the movie. What ocean did the Titanic cross – the Atlantic mommy!
From coal loading to captain!
They girls each took turns steering the ship.
Other favorite attractions included the Grand Staircase which was not only grand, but absolutely spectacular and beautiful. Hand carvings, gold trim, a glorious chandelier and yes the girls could imagine themselves in fancy ball gowns walking up and down those steps. We also enjoyed the promenade, featured at night with the chill those on the Titanic probably felt, the black as night sky and twinkling stars.
Now we come to the brand new Children’s Gallery, as this year is “The year of the children.” See stories of the children of the Titanic, if they survived, if they perished. Who were they? Who were they traveling with and too? A helpful crew member provided the group in the gallery with the story about a young boy, who would have drowned had a woman not saved him as he was tossed from the boat. Even more frightening to his mother was how the woman would not give him up, claiming him as her own. He was a master storyteller from beginning to end as the crowd of us didn’t make a sound, or even move.
We’ve found our names and checked them twice. I was Ms. Renee Harris, wife of Henry Harris and his partner in owning the Hudson Theater. After the tragic loss of my husband I went on to produce in the theater and even had a hand in discovering Barbara Stanwyck and after four marriages lived to the ripe old age of 93.
Want to learn more about the exhibits, the science and the history? Then be sure to read Mr. Money Saving Parent’s thoughts on Titanic Museum.
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