Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum for fun fall festivities
Sep 23, 2014
Board Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum for fun fall festivities
Since it opened in April 2010, Pigeon Forge’s popular Titanic Museum has given its “passengers” the opportunity to experience what it was like to be on board the magnificent ship.
Visitors have experienced what it was like to walk in its hallways, parlors, cabins and down the Grand Staircase while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers on a self-guided tour.
But the attraction has amped up its visits even more with special events, such as two upcoming festivities in October.
Night at the Titanic
From 9 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2014 through 9 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014 the museum will be hosting its 2nd Annual “Night at the Titanic” sleepover. Ladies of all ages can get together with their girlfriends while exploring the museum at night. The ship’s crew will share Titanic passenger stories, which may prompt some guests to ghost hunt.
Ladies are expected to bring their own sleeping bags and snacks, while the museum will provide a commemorative patch, a PG-rated movie and “all the thrills.” Fun activities and a light morning snack will be included as well.
Each group or individual girl that registers for the event must have a female chaperone attending. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations are required – call 1-800-381-7670.
Titanic’s Painting With a Twist
From 6- 8 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 the museum will host “Titanic’s Painting With a Twist.” Participants will get the chance to try their hand at painting with an instructor leading the way and all painting materials provided. There will be a wine sampling provided by Sugarland Cellars and Eagle Springs Winery, and each guest will receive one pre-printed ticket for a Titanic Museum Tour valid through October 31, 2014. Tickets are $55 (plus tax) and identification is required (guests must be 21 years old or older).Reservations are required – call 1-800-381-7670.
New to the museum is a Gallery Tribute to Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown. Margaret Tobin Brown boarded the ship in Cherbourg, France. She and her daughter, Helen, a student at the Sorbonne, had been traveling throughout Europe with the John Jacob Astor party in Cairo, Egypt when Margaret received word her first grandchild was ill. She decided to leave for New York immediately and boarded the Titanic on April 10, 1912. More of her story is detailed in the exhibit.
Another new (limited-time) museum exhibit includes the only Bible saved from the Titanic, which belonged to a passenger from Knoxville, Tennessee.
When you arrive at the museum, you’ll receive a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. The personal and private artifacts you’ll see on display—many for the first time in the world – are valued at more than $4.5 million.
The heart of the ship is the Grand Staircase, which was constructed from the original Harland and Wolff plans with its oak carvings and cherub statue.
Shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s boiler room; learn how to send an SOS distress signal; sit in an actual lifeboat and hear true passenger stories; reach your hands into 28-degree water; and try to stand on sloping decks.
Children ages 8 and under can visit the Tot-Titanic, an interactive area with activities and displays just for them.
Discover your passenger’s or crew member’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names are listed on the historic wall.
The Titanic boards daily at 9 a.m. The attraction’s Web site strongly recommends pre-purchasing tickets online because they sell out so quickly.
For more information, contact 1-800-381-7670 or visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com.
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By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.