Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition sails into the Franklin Institute November 10, showcasing more than 300 legendary artifacts conserved from the ship's debris field, offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers. (Top photo courtesy Premier Exhibitions, Inc., bottom left courtesy Franklin Institute)
100 years ago, on April 15, 1912, the world’s largest ship of its time sank into the depths of the ocean after colliding with an iceberg, tragically claiming more than 1,500 lives and bringing to a halt the world’s unshakeable confidence in modern technology.
The Franklin Institute is honoring the centennial anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic historical moments with a blockbuster exhibition opening November 10.
It’s called Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, and features 300 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of Titanic. The exhibition focuses on the Titanic’s compelling human stories, told through the lens of nineteen passengers who all have direct ties to the Philadelphia area.
Perfume bottles, White Star Line china, jewelry, currency and more objects will offer poignant connections to those nineteen lives forever changed from one ship’s disastrous maiden voyage.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will take visitors through the creation of the ship all the way to its tragic fate, chronologically, letting them walk in the footsteps of the original Titanic passengers 100 years ago. There will even be a recreation of the social hub of Titanic — the Grand Staircase — known to movie lovers as the iconic spot where Kate Winslet meets Leo DiCaprio for the beginning of the last night of their lives together.
For a 2012 spin, the exhibit will showcase the ongoing research and recovery expeditions taking place on the Titanic wreck site, with dramatic high-def multimedia.
Tickets are already available online.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Where: Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
When: November 10, 2012-April 7, 2013
Cost: Daytime tickets: Adults $29, Children (3-11) $22; Evening tickets: Thursday–Saturday after 5 p.m., Adults $19.50, Children (3-11) $14.50; optional audio tour additional $5
More info: www.fi.edu/titanic