Today we visited The Titanic Museum in Belfast. It is a beautifully designed museum that commemorates the life of the ship from its construction to its sad demise. The museum was a quick twenty-five-minute walk from our hotel – The Premier Inn. After a light breakfast, our group headed to the museum. As we walked to the museum, we saw some interesting art such as The Big Fish – a printed ceramic mosaic sculpture by John Kindness.
When we arrived at the museum, I was amazed by the sheer size of the building. I guess that I should have guessed that a museum based on the largest ship of its time wouldn’t be small!
The museum is set up in a chronological organization. We began by learning about the planning behind the ship. The innovative displays helped us to understand just how massive the ship was. The Titanic was designed to hold 3,547 people, and there were 2,223 people on board when it crashed.
After learning about the events leading up to the Titanic’s construction, we got on a ride that showed what the actual assembly of the Titanic looked like. Before I got on, the ride reminded me of something you would see at Universal Studios, but after, I was pretty underwhelmed. The ride showed some pretty interesting views of how the ship was built, but the thrills weren’t there.
Following the ride, we learned about the fit-out, or furnishing, of the ship. This section of the museum showed first-hand examples of furniture, carpet, and textiles found within the actual Titanic. After seeing the fit-out, we followed the Titanic on its voyage as well as its sad demise. The section of the museum that emphasized the Titanic’s fall was dark and solemn.
After seeing the sinking of the ship, there was an interactive screen that cataloged every passenger on the Titanic. Some of the statistics were very interesting, such as the fact that there were 112 children on the boat and 50% of them died, while only 25% of the 434 women died and a whopping 81% of the 1,680 men died.
The tour ended with an exploration of the ruins left by the ship. It would have been nice to see actual artifacts, but the video that we ended with was also interesting. This museum opened my eyes to the grandeur of the Titanic as well as the horrible loss that came with it.