Launching the Titanic
by Jenny Profet
Since April, there have been signs around the Museum announcing that Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition would be here in September. For the past several months, staff members from all sections of the Museum have been working hard to get ready for this fateful launch.
Floor plans were drawn by the Exhibits department, and the marketing team got the word out. Lots of special events have been planned (costume contest, anyone?). But how does an exhibit go from one city to the next?
It can take anywhere from several days to many months to install an exhibit. It took our staff over two months to install the Dead Sea Scrolls back in 2008. But Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be installed in just eight days!
Bright and early Monday morning, six tractor trailers and nearly two dozen people arrived at our loading dock. The company that created the exhibition sent a crew to direct various aspects of the installation, from carpentry to lighting to artifact installation. We hired some local theater crews to help, and several of our own staff members will be working furiously over the next few days.
By the end of the first day, all the trucks had been unloaded and the exhibit hall was overflowing with crates. The crew was even able to start putting together a few sets!
The exhibition will recreate scenes from the ship’s story, including its construction, a third-class cabin, the captain’s bridge, the iceberg that caused the ship’s untimely demise, a lifeboat, and a Memorial Gallery. The story comes to life with artifacts recovered from the wreck site.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opens September 29, 2012 and runs until April 28, 2013. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.tickets.naturalsciences.org. Get your boarding pass at the Museum to explore the ship before it goes down again!
All photos by Jenny Profet and Wendy Lovelady