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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Titanic Museum - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

 My husband is an avid history buff, and my daughter can spout more facts about the Titanic than any eleven year old should ever know.  That's why we thought a visit to the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge was definetly a must.

The outside of the museuam alone was enough to make you want to visit it.


Sorry for the bad picture, we were in a hurry to meet our reservation time when we arrived so I waited until we left to take a picture of the outside and of course it was raining! 

We purchased our tickets to the Titanic as a combo pass with Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The combo tickets included a one time admission to both attractions, with ticket prices being $41.56 for adults and $18.88 for children. Admission to the Titanic exhibit alone is $22.37 for adults, $11.19 for kids aged five to twelve, and free for children under the age of five.

When we purchased our combo pass at Ripley's they gave us a voucher that had a phone number to call and make reservations for our visit to Titanic. When I called the number they asked me the date and time that we would like to attend. It is very important to know the exact date and time that you wish to arrive at the museum, as once your make your reservations the time and date is pretty much set in stone (or at least that is what our reservation agent told us).

Using the pass however once we arrived at the museum, was very simple. When you arrive at the Titanic museum you are lined up in a “boarding line” outside the ship. Once your established time arrives, our time was 2:00 PM, they begin letting you in the door of the ship. This is not an enter as you wish museum, they allow groups to enter every half hour.

While you are waiting in line you are given a card with the name of a passenger or crew member of the Titanic. The card gives a basic biography of the individual, along with what class they were on the ship. At the end of the tour you can find out whether or not your individual lived or perished on the Titanic in the Memorial Room. During the tour it is interesting to look for artifacts, pictures, etc. that are related to your individual.

Also while you are in line you are given the opportunity to purchase a device that allows you to hear the audio portion of the tour. These are held to your ear like a cell phone and if there is more than one person in your group each person would need their own. I believe these were $6 each or 2 for $10. There is both an adult version and children's version of the audio tour.

Once your boarding time arrives you are allowed into the first room of the museum, where Captain Smith greets you and tells you a little bit about the tour you are about to embark on. From there your visit to the museum begins.

The museum itself is not quite what we pictured as you are basically in a line throughout the museum, and feel the need to hurry up as there are other visitors immediately behind you waiting to see the exhibits. The exhibits themselves are interesting to adults and older children but you can not spend nearly the amount of time that you wish exploring them due to the way you are admitted to the museum.

About ninety percent of the museums exhibits revolve around reading. There is a ton of reading, pictures, etc., and not really a lot to amuse the kids. The shoveling coal simulation was not really a simulation at all, as there is really no shoveling involved. Yes, you get to touch the water and feel the iceberg but this is a very small part of the museum, and is at the very last of the tour. In fact the last room of the tour where you can climb the decks, and the kids play area is found seems more like an afterthought. It was as if the museum realized that there was nothing else that appealed to kids.

The Memorial Room was neat in the fact that you did find out whether or not you perished on the Titanic or survived but it didn't really meet my expectations. I do feel as if it could have been done in a better way.

And as with most attractions now, you exit the museum through the gift shop.

Here's What You Need To Know To Make The Best of Your Trip:
  • Cameras are not allowed inside of the museum
  • Cellphones must be turned off before entering the musem.  The claim is that they interfere with the museum's security system.
  • If you are attending with small children I would definetly leave the strollers at home, as it would be very frustrating to try to navigate the museum with a stroller.
Here's How We Rated The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge:
While I feel that the museum is not for younger kids I feel it is an excellent attraction for teens and adults, especially those who are interested in the history of The Titanic.  My ten and thirteen year olds enjoyed the trip but my seven year old was bored out of his mind.  We are glad we visited the museum, and I do recommend visiting it. 


2 comments:

  1. I don't understand why you all had to make reservations. I just walked up, entered with my group, purchased a ticket and walked right in.

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  2. It could be that when we visited the Titanic it was a relatively new exhibit that had only been open a few months, we also visited during peak season, and at the time of our visit reservations were required. I am sure that traffic to the museum has slowed somewhat by now, and depending on the time of your visit the museum may not be as busy which means that reservations may not be needed.

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