Titanic. This iconic name stimulates an array of emotions in people and is the topic of many publications. Imagine – the Titanic was dreamed up on a cocktail napkin. Press of that time said, “Neither men nor God can sink this ship.” They were certainly and tragically wrong.
Walking through The Mahaffey Theater’s star exhibit commemorating the Titanic’s 100th anniversary is the experience of walking back in time. In a maze of history, visitors are presented with a replica passport of an actual passenger and will be able to see, at the end of the exhibit, whether their passenger lived or was lost. There are several interactive activities using the latest technology, including a short 3D video clip showing an underwater view of the Titanic, an iPad preview of the ship, and an iceberg replica. One room shows a comparison between the first and third class quarters, with the price of rooms and quality of the accommodations reflecting the sharp class distinctions of 1912. Parlor suites cost the equivalent of over $100,000 in today’s money while third class rooms were valued at under $1,000. Cheerful music added a jovial undertone to the departure exhibit which represented the excitement the passengers felt as they began their voyage, while a haunting melody lingered in the Exhibition Gallery Iceberg.
The company who built and furnished the Titanic spared no expense, something that can clearly be seen as you view the array of luxurious finery excavated from the ship, including chinaware, gold chandeliers, and unique novelties. You won’t see shiny restored objects that appear as they did during the time because the company who provides the exhibition focuses on conserving the objects instead, representing them realistically. Be sure to visit starting October 6th before the exhibit closes March 3rd, 2013 and see featured artifacts never seen before in Tampa Bay. Allow one hour when you go, and make sure to check out their gift shop.
Adult rates are $19.12 (in honor of Titanic’s 100th anniversary), college student, military, and seniors rates $17.50, youth 13-18 $16.50, children 6-12 $15.00 (under 5, FREE), and school groups $7.00 (scout groups $12.75).