My wife is a huge history fan, so our visit to the Titanic museum in Branson was always a foregone conclusion. I’ve got some good news for you — there’s something at this impressive attraction for everyone!
We bought our tickets online well ahead of time, but–during spring break, at least–this wasn’t really necessary. We arrived around 10:00 a.m. and had virtually no wait. They do like to start groups at the top of the hour, but I don’t believe it’s a strict requirement. Anyway, our tickets were waiting on us with no problems at all.
The exterior of the museum will astound you. As you approach, you’ll notice that the front of the Titanic looms above high. You can look at the picture below to get a sense of the scale. It’s mammoth. Of course, they obviously could only replicate about the first quarter of the ship. That first one-fourth, though … wow!
As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by curators wearing authentic clothing. You also get to see a replica of an actual propeller hanging above your head. While it’s obviously not authentic, the size is correct, and it is breathtaking.
The museum offers listening devices that allow you to hear audio pertaining to specific areas of the museum. They have two versions. One is aimed at adults. The other is meant for children. The museum even designates which channels are for adults and which are for kids. It’s a small, though much appreciated, feature. Both of my daughters were happy to listen to the kid-friendly snippets.
Once you enter the first exhibit, you’re met with an enormous model of the vessel about the size of a couch. The detail is amazing and you could probably spend an hour alone studying it.
Once you leave this exhibit, you’ll encounter a speaker walking you through the Titanic’s doomed journey. Our presenter, a retired teacher, was excellent. Though he probably gives the same talk dozens of times a day, he showed wonderful enthusiasm and really made it fun to experience.
I won’t run through every single exhibit with you, but they have plenty for the entire family to enjoy. For the grown-up history buffs, prepare yourselves for actual recovered artifacts like paperwork, cutlery, life vests, furniture, a replica of the grand staircase, vintage clothing, and that’s just to name a few.
For the more tactile patrons, the museum offers an actual wheel that you can spin, a deck replicating both the temperature and night of the awful accident, a vat of water with a timer for you to stick your hand in that mimic’s the temperature the survivors would have had to endure, three different portions of the deck at different pitches for you to experience what the sinking would have felt like, and so much more!
Furthermore, you will be given a ticket stub when you enter with the name of an actual passenger on the Titanic and their biography up to the night of the tragedy. As you exit the museum, you’ll get to discover if your person survived or not.
Though the Titanic museum is extremely educational and offers a lot of really fun, physical things to do, it’s also quite sobering as the full impact of the travesty settles upon you.
If you’re traveling to Branson, I would consider this a “must-do” event.
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