Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Launches in Michigan

A century after she sank beneath the waves, the Titanic’s haunting history continues to ripple through time, and now the tragic tale is touching the hearts of a new generation at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

A name remembered has the power to keep a person’s memory alive long after they have left the earth, and the exhibit’s visitors will never forget the name on the boarding pass they receive upon entering the exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where tourists will find themselves standing in the presence of the past as they peer at more than 300 items.

All the more moving for their ordinariness, visitors will view such objects as a White Star Line cup meant to hold the beverages of a third class passenger, but filled with sea water instead as it fell to the ocean floor in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912; eyeglasses which gave a passenger a clear view of both splendor and sorrow on Titanic’s lone sojourn; a glass make-up pot still protecting a lady’s delicate face powder; and vials of perfume which still holds the hint of the fragrances they once contained.

Romantics who wish to relive one of their favorite movie moments can see a faithful replica of the Grand Staircase where Jack and Rose were reunited at the end of the James Cameron-directed classic, then return to reality as they gaze at the remaining fragments of the staircase’s garlands.

Emotions will rise to the surface as visitors touch an iceberg and feel the frozen fate that awaited the more than 1,500 souls who were lost before entering a memorial area where each tourist can discover what happened to the person whose name appeared on their boarding pass and say a silent goodbye to their ghostly guide as they return to the 21st century.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be on display at The Henry Ford Museum through September 30, 2012.

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