More than 250 artifacts from the Titanic sail into Houston
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On March 16, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a limited-time exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.
Though the museum showcased artifacts from the ill-fated ship in 2002, this year’s more than 250-piece collection will feature a completely different assortment of items recovered from the wreck site, including a three-diamond ring and a gold bracelet inscribed with the name “Amy.”
Museum visitors will be transported back to the year 1912, each receiving a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard the historic ship. The exhibit will take guests on a chronological journey through the life of the Titanic from the construction and life on board to the sinking and artifact rescue efforts.
“We are thrilled that the over two million visitors who visit the museum each year will have the opportunity to experience this compelling human story as best told through authentic artifacts,” said Amanda Norris, Director of Youth Education Sales. “These are real objects and stories that resonate and touch everyone.”
The HMNS’ exhibit could also be the last time the vessel’s artifacts sail to Houston, as the RMS Titanic Inc—the sole salver of the luxury ship—has announced that on April 11, the entire 5,500-piece collection will be put up for sale.
“We don’t know how the new owner will choose to display the collection, when or where,” explains Theresa Nelson, a spokesperson for RMS Titanic Inc.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs from March 16 through Sept. 3, 2012. Tickets for the special exhibition are now on sale and may be purchased online, which is recommended due to the popularity of this exhibit. For more information, visit the museum's web site at www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.