Imagination Station’s newest exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, provides an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the stories and legends of the last century, as well as special events to help make history come alive.
From the beginning, visitors are swept back in time as they are handed a replica boarding pass bearing the name of a real passenger with facts about their life. They move through the exhibit experiencing the construction of the ship, life as a First, Second and Third class passenger and finally to that ill-fated night on April 14, 1912. Guests can touch a recreated iceberg to feel the chill of the last hours on the ship thought to be unsinkable. Then they can check the memorial wall to see if the passenger on their boarding pass was fortunate enough to make it into a lifeboat or perished with the ship.
“This exhibition allows the science center to bring science and history to the community in a compelling and unique way,” Lori Hauser, CEO of Imagination Station, said in a press release. “The artifacts and the stories that accompany them are incredibly interesting and show why the story of Titanic has fascinated the world for over 100 years. It’s more than a tale of a sinking ship. It’s an extraordinary tale of human endurance and often heroism.”
Artifacts resurrected from the sea floor housed in glass cases throughout the exhibit provide a glimpse into the life at the beginning of the century. Not only do they help tell the story, but a special room at the end shows how several of them were found with the wreckage and how they are preserved now.
For those wanting more than a typical tour, Captain Edward Smith, portrayed by Lowell Lytle, will lead tours on April 18 and 19, while retelling life aboard the ship, the captain’s role and what it is like to take a submarine down to the ocean floor to view the Titanic’s remains. History will also be complemented with the 1997 blockbuster tale of Jack and Rose on March 8. The Valentine Theater will show Titanic at 7:30 p.m. with science activities in the lobby before the show.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is on display from February 15 through June 15 with special events throughout. Ticket prices for members are $6.50, Adults 13-64 are $19.50, Seniors are $17.50 and kids 3-12 are $15.50. Tickets are available at Visitor Service and online and include general admission to Imagination Station. For more information visit imaginationstationtoledo.org.