Byline: Taylor Hill
SAN DIEGO — One hundred years since the fateful sinking of Titanic, an exhibition of 200 artifacts recovered from the ship’s wreckage at the bottom of the Atlantic is now on display at San Diego’s Natural History Museum.
“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” has been developed to commemorate and bring to life the ship’s storied and tragic past. Created by RMS Titanic Inc. — the ship’s steward — the exhibition has been designed with a focus on telling Titanic’s compelling human stories through authentic artifacts and exacting re-creations of the ship’s interior.
Visitors can view delicate bottles of perfume, china bearing the logo of the White Star Line and many other objects collected from the wreck site.
With the artifacts on display, the exhibition tells the story of Titanic from construction, launching and life on board to the tragic sinking and dramatic rescue of more than 700 people. The exhibition concludes with the amazing discovery of the ship in 1985 — 73 years after the sinking — and the innovative recovery and conservation efforts made during the last 25 years.
During eight research and recovery expeditions conducted between 1987 and 2010, RMS Titanic Inc. recovered more than 5,500 artifacts. These artifacts range from a massive 15-ton portion of the ship’s hull to a small child’s marble, measuring only one-half inch in diameter. RMS Titanic Inc. maintains a comprehensive digital archive of these recovered and conserved artifacts, as well as photographic data from the wreck site.
The exhibition opened in February, and will run through September 9, 2012. San Diego Natural History Museum is located at 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. Tickets for the Titanic artifact exhibition are $27 for adults; $18 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at sdnhm.org, by phone at (877) 946.7797 or in person at the museum’s visitor services desk.