As a child, my grandfather would ask me: “What is the historical significance of today?” I never knew, but my grandfather always did. He reminded me about battles fought, treaties signed, or lessons our country once learned, sometimes the hard way. I supposed that is why I have always loved history and the story of Titanic is no exception. Earlier this month while on Brandcation: Blog Cabin, I visited the Titanic Museum & Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. I can see why it was voted #1 attraction in all of Pigeon Forge.
The Titanic Museum & Attraction in Pigeon Forge is a monster of a museum. The shear size of it is amazing, but the likeness of the building itself will leave you in awe! There are well over 4 millions dollar in Titanic Artifacts that are located within the museum as well, as a 1 million dollar replica of the actual grand staircase the Titanic housed. I was so excited to see what was in store for us at the museum! I love history and this was one event I really looked forward to attending.
While waiting in line, we all received a boarding pass. This boarding pass was similar to what each guest would have received, but on the back of our pass was the name of an actual person aboard the Titanic. Each person had a short bio of who they were, guest, family member of, or even if they were an employee as well as their class level. The name gave you a personal connection with someone who was aboard the ship. As I walked in, I wondered about my passenger? They they survive? If so, who are they now? If not, who else did they leave behind in this world? For a mother, this was something I wanted to find out.
Stepping into the museum, was so inspiring. Brave stories of the men & women aboard the Titanic is something you can instantly feel. The walls were lined with pictures, stories, actual artifacts that told the story of a specific person. My favorite thing about the museum was that it broke specific staff to the guests in each class into specific areas. I searched for my passenger throughout the museum in hopes of clues if they survived or perished. As I searched, I couldn’t believe how many love stories aboard the Titanic. The amount of women that wouldn’t leave their husbands or children is staggering. I felt the connection after connection throughout the tour.
The staff was so knowledgeable of the history of the Titanic. Every employee asked me who was my passenger, and not once did they spill the beans and tell me the whereabouts of my passenger. I’m glad, because as I finished the tour I became closer to my passenger and I wasn’t ready to find out, not yet. There were many interactive parts of the attraction. From an audio tour throughout the museum, to an actual iceberg. You or your children could scoop actual coal into the boiler room to sit in an actual replica of a life-raft. There is something for everyone!
Although the tour did take roughly 2 hours, it is time well spent. The owners have spent 25 years of their life researching the Titanic. John Joslyn, owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction, was apart of a team that spent 44 days in an actual expedition that spent 44 days and visited the site 32 times where Titanic artifacts were found. He also co-produced “Return to Titanic…Live!” a two-hour television special that recounted their experience in search for Titanic. I had an amazing time and am definitely bringing my family next month when I visit Pigeon Forge again!
5 Bayou Fleur deLis Rating:
I give the Titanic Museum & Attractions 5 Bayou Fleur deLis Rating. It really is a great overall fun family attraction. The price is comparable if not a better value for the time being spent and the worthiness of the attraction. Ideal for families with school-aged children. Parents can go online for educational references and download fun learning tools, like creating a Titanic Scavenger Hunt. How amazing would it be to leave vacation knowing your child learned a valuable history lesson. Attraction is extremely well kept up. Handicap accessible and provided an easy exit to allow for bathroom facility usage. Plenty of parking space and easy to locate on Parkway. Also, the gift shop is affordable and also houses 2 penny machines outside the attraction. The tour is about 2 hours long so plan ahead.
Ticket Price Information:
Advance Reservation – Adult $21.38 + tax
Advance Reservation – Child (5-12) $11.14 + tax
Advance Reservation – Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children)* $58.80 + tax
Advance Reservation – Child (0-4) Free
Disclosure: Myself & 33 bloggers received comp tickets as well as a breakfast while visiting the Titanic Museum & Attraction. All opinions and experiences are my own & can not be influenced in any way. Brandcation:Blog Cabin is a paid event. There is a reason why Titanic is voted #1 Museum & attraction in all of Pigeon Forge!