Location: The Titanic Artifact Exhibit is running at the San Diego Natural History Museum through Sept. 9, 2012. It's located at 1788 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101. Call (619) 232-3821.
Price Range: $$
Titanic Artifacts a Chilling Reminder of Fateful Day
San Diego Natural History Museum - San Diego, CA
A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited the "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit" at the San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego. Today marks the 100th anniversary of that fateful sinking of the world's largest ship.
I was given a Boarding Pass for first class passenger Mrs. James Baxter. Like many first class passengers, she survived.
Upon arrival in the exhibit, you are given a ticket aboard the ship, which describes your name, age, class and other important details. My card was Mrs. James Baxter, 50, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada — who was accompanied in first class with her daughter, Mrs. Frederick Douglas, and son Quigg E. Baxter. She was sailing from Cherbourg back to Montreal after seeking medical help for her heart condition.
As you pass through each chamber of artifacts, the ghostly artifacts come into full view, accompanied by descriptive posters that bring the crew, passengers and events to life. In addition to faithful recreations of the boiler room, first class and third class bedrooms, you'll be able to touch an iceberg that recreates the temperature of the chilling sea water on the night Titanic sank. It was this freezing sea water that brought many of its passengers' lives to a tragic end.
Felt hats, exquisite jewelry, bottles of perfume, and perfectly preserved china are among the artifacts you'll discover in the exhibit. In all, more than 5,500 Titanic artifacts were recovered from the ship's watery grave, more than 2.5 miles below the chilly Atlantic Ocean.
As I left the exhibit, I couldn't help being moved by the list of survivors, and those who had perished. Like many first class passengers, Mrs. James Baxter survived. Most of the third class passengers never made it.
"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" tickets are $27 adults and $18 children ages 3-12. The Audio Tour runs another $4. Get your Titanic tickets by calling (877) 946-7797 or online. Last tickets are sold by 5 p.m. daily.