They say the best way to honor the dead is to simply tell their story, which is precisely what this gargantuan, interactive, and immersive exhibition seeks to do. One of the largest attractions in the country in name, size, and appeal, this is a day out in Pigeon Forge, TN that is sure not to sink your spirits.
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Having dived to the Titanic himself, owner John Joslyn has a particular pedigree when it comes to Titanic obsession, legitimacy, and dedication. He co-led the 1987 expedition to the underwater resting site of the ship and helped to produce “Return to Titanic… live!”, a TV special that received incredibly high ratings. What he has done with the museum itself, though, is more than just collecting artefacts and replicas; he doesn’t want you to see or read about the Titanic, he wants you to feel as if you’re actually taking the trip alongside the exploration team, and this interactive, highly engaging museum does just that.
You can climb the golden gilded staircase. You can put your hand in and actually feel the chill of the 28°F water. You can stand upon the sloping decks and experience the pull of gravity as you try to stand straight. This is not just a museum. It’s something more than that. The kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt on their trip to the museum if the attraction itself wasn’t enough, while the whole family can take part in a guided audio tour for additional information. When you embark on the journey, you are given the boarding pass and a name of one of the passengers of the actual ship, and then at the end of the trip, you can discover the fate of that particular person. On the way, you will experience over 400 artefact and pieces of regalia from the ship itself, making this a truly in-depth and immersive experience that will leave you as humbled and entertained as you are educated.
Admission and Opening Hours
Ticket prices vary based on date, time of entry, and other factors, but typically an adult ticket to the museum costs around $28.50. A child’s ticket costs around $15 and they also offer discounted family tickets. It’s best to book in advance as buying your ticket on the day can leave you in a queue if the museum gets busy, which it often does, while having a pre-booked ticket means you have a guaranteed entry time. There are also several combo deals with local restaurants and other attractions, so it is well worth checking out on the website.
The opening hours vary based on the season and month and range from between 9:00am and 2:00pm to between 9:00am and 10:00pm. The attraction has clearly fine-tuned its schedule too busy times of the year and in the month of July, for example, they are open until 10:00pm every night. In order to book your ticket and check the most up-to-date operating hours, it’s best to visit the website yourself.
3235 W. 76 Country Blvd & Hwy 165, MO 65616, website, Phone: 800-381-7640
Titanic Pigeon Forge
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, Phone: 417-334-9500