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Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

Our family visited the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge recently during our trip to the Smoky Mountains.   I have always been fascinated with the Titanic and so has my husband.  My younger children really weren’t aware of the history, but my 17 year-old daughter had seen the movie several times so she was really looking forward to it.  We were really excited when we realized that 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic.

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

First of all when you arrive at the ship, (yes, it’s called “the ship”, as this is no ordinary museum) you are greeted by staff dressed in impeccable period uniforms.  The ship is massive, constructed at ½ scale and is truly a sight to behold.  As you walk on board you get the feeling that you are being transported to another time.   Everyone receives a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger, with a detailed description of that person, including their age and what class they traveled.

There are handheld audio devices available that provide an audio narrative for many of the exhibits during the self-guided tour.  There are two audio versions available; one for adults, one for children.  They were simple enough to operate that my six year-old son was able to use one without any difficulty.  Knowledgeable and friendly uniformed staff members were also stationed throughout the tour and available to answer any questions.

titanic museum pigeon forge

There is so much to experience on the tour, I’m not even sure I can adequately describe it all. Some of my favorite parts were the exhibits featuring stories and artifacts from actual passengers.  I found it so fascinating to learn more about them, their lives, and why they were on the ship.  I also enjoyed all the different exhibits that were true-scale replicas, like the third class cabin and the beautiful first class suite.  The grand staircase (built to the original blueprint) impressed all of us with its grandeur and rich details.

Other museum activities include interactive exhibits that allow you to shovel coal into the massive boiler, touch an iceberg, and to feel how cold the water was that fateful April night.  There was also a limited-time only display of memorabilia from the Titanic movie, complete with actual costumes and descriptive photos that detailed the making of one of the most celebrated pictures of all time. We had a special treat as well.  Captain Smith (who apparently only makes visits to the Pigeon Forge location a few times a year) brought the crowd into the bridge area and told us a very compelling story about one of the ship’s heroes.  As you listened to his deep rich voice you could close your eyes and imagine what those final hours must have been like.

As the tour wound to a close, we stopped in the memorial room in order to find out the fate of our passenger. The beautiful memorial tribute wall with over two thousand names stenciled on it literally stole my breath.  My daughter and I both had passengers who made it to the lifeboats and survived.  My husband’s and both of my son’s passengers perished in the disaster.   In total we spent close to three hours at the museum.

My entire family loved the ship.  It was an unforgettable and incredibly moving educational experience.  If you get the opportunity to visit the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge (or the Branson, MO site) please don’t hesitate to do so, you will not be disappointed.

Admission was covered but all thoughts, experiences and opinions are all that of the content writer and not influenced in any way.
About Missy

Missy is a mom of 3 fantastic kids, wife, full-time RN, and grad student.

Comments

  1. 1

    That sounds amazing. I would love to visit!

  2. 2

    My name’s Missy too 🙂
    Thanks for this write up… I’m always looking for fun, new, educational experiences for me and my 3 kids. This museum sounds right on!

  3. 4
    Shoes For Little Feet says:

    Wow, that looks like fun. My son is really into the titanic and I think I should take him here, it looks like lots of fun. Great info!

  4. 6
    Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom says:

    Will definitely add the museum to my list of must visits when we finally get to Pigeon Forge!

  5. 7

    Now that I have read about this place, I want to see it. We love to go to San Francisco, which is about an hour and a half away to see the ocean and see all the boats and ships. I am a fan of The Titanic movie, so I definitely want to see this place.

  6. 8

    This really looks so interesting. I wish I lived closer!

    • 9

      It’s worth the trip, there is so much to see and do in the Smoky Mountains. Keep it on your list of possibilities for “someday”!

  7. 10

    That’s incredible. Adding to my list of places to visit.

  8. 11

    I like how it looks like the ship actually crashed into the building. Well, “like” is the wrong word but you know what I mean.

    Lee

    • 12

      I know what you mean Lee! The building itself it so cool, pictures really don’t even do it justice, it’s amazing!

  9. 13

    We just recently got a Titanic museum in Orlando. We really need to go check it out, it looks so interesting.

  10. 14

    It really does look like a moving experience. I think they did a wonderful job with it. I’m looking forward to going myself sometime!

    • 15

      It was so moving! It was fun, but there was also a very emotional aspect to it as well. I hope you get to make a visit!

  11. 16

    I just visited about two weeks ago during a recent blog trip! It was an amazing experience.

  12. 18

    We have been there with our family and it was amazing. My husband was Captain Smith so we knew his fate before we entered.

  13. 19

    This sounds like a really intense, educational museum.

  14. 20

    What a great memorial and tribute to those that lost their lives. Such an interesting part of history.

  15. 21

    Sounds like this would be a fascinating experience. This is the second time in weeks I”m hearing about this attraction. Seems like something I would enjoy visiting.

  16. 22

    I’ll have to take my mom to see this sometime. She loves Titanic stuff. It depresses me though. 🙂

  17. 23

    Looks like a great place to visit!

  18. 24

    I so want to get out and see more of our beautiful country!

  19. 25

    I would love to go there. I’ve visited the traveling museum and it’s overwhelming.

  20. 26

    This is neat. I’ll have to check this out when we go to Gatlinburg in February.

  21. 27

    What an interesting museum. 100 years, wow!

  22. 28

    I would really love to visit this one day. Didn’t get to make it there when we were in the area in March.

  23. 29

    I think I would have cried if I would have gone to see this. I am so emotional about the Titanic.

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