Explore History at the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge
I believe that learning can be fun and I am always looking for ways to incorporate learning into our family activities. Living in East Tennessee we are surrounded by many ways to experience learning hands on. On a recent family outing we visited the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge. The Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge is the world’s largest Titanic Museum Attraction. This grand museum allows visitors (passengers)to take a step back in time and experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the famous Titanic.
Every guest who visits the Titanic Museum receives a boarding pass that reflects an actual passenger or crew member. Each boarding pass contains information about the person including their age, destination, and what class they were traveling. You will want to keep these boarding passes because at the end of your visit you can check the Titanic Memorial Room and find out the fate of the passenger or crew member. The Memorial Room lists all 2,208 names of those that were aboard the Titanic.
The tour of the museum is self-guided and upon entering you are giving a device to listen to additional information about the exhibits. The device works like a cell phone so that only you can hear what is being said and everyone can explore at their own pace. There is a child version and an adult version available. Throughout the museum numbers are posted and you enter those into the device and gives you the correct selection.
The Titanic Museum contains over 400 personal and private artifacts valued at over $4.5 million. The heart of the museum is the Grand Staircase, which is an exact replica of the original one that was on the Titanic. It was constructed using the original Harland & Wolff plans complete with oak carvings and cherub statue. Light is reflected thru a gorgeous glass dome that showcases the oak wall paneling, elaborate railings and iron scrollwork. The sweep stairs and landings take you back to what it must have felt like for guests as they made their appearance. We learned a fun fact about the flooring that was used on the staircase. It was made of linoleum which back in 1912 was more expensive than marble.
The Titanic Museum also provides a chance to get hands on at several exhibits. You can try your hand at shoveling coal in the Boiler Room, touch an iceberg, feel what the water felt like for the passengers as crew (a mere 28 degrees), and sit inside an actual size life boat. Guests under 8 years old can play in Tot Titanic, an interactive play area.
It was an amazing experience and we all said that we would gladly visit again. There is so much to see and take in at the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge that multiple visits would allow you to learn and experience new things. I recommend setting aside a few hours to take in all that it has offer.
Due to the sensitive nature of the museum and the multitude of artifacts present in the museum, photography is not allowed inside the museum. The images inside the museum pictured in this post are courtesy of the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge. You are more than welcome to take pictures outside and they have photographers inside to take pictures at certain spots through out the museum (including the grand piano and the Grand Staircase) which you can purchase.