World's Largest Titanic Visitor Experience opens at Belfast birthplace of ship

By Ruth Hazard | 30 March 2012
a picture of the museum

New Museum: Titanic Belfast, Belfast

It's been 100 years since the Titanic met its end. To mark the ship's catastrophic demise, a nine-gallery, multi-dimension visitor experience is opening in Belfast.

Thanks in part to Leo and Kate, the Titanic has become one of the best known stories of maritime history. But with full-scale reconstructions and interactive displays this new space promises to explore events in a fresh and insightful way.

Nine galleries allow visitors to walk through time, starting their journey at the ship’s conception in Belfast in the early 1900s before passing through the construction and launch, on to her infamous maiden voyage.

But the exhibition doesn’t stop when it hits the iceberg. The display goes on to explore the aftermath of the sinking, looking at the discovery of the wreck before bringing us to the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.

To mark the opening of the £97 million project, Belfast City Council are hosting a two-month festival, kicking off with an Edwardian-style Titanic Tea Party accompanied by music from Belfast Community Gospel Choir and City of Belfast Youth Orchestra.

Other events include a musical evening hosted by Peter Curran celebrating 100 years of music and words by local artists, and a performance of Dan Gordon’s acclaimed work, The Boat Factory, in the new Titanic Suite.

The play celebrates the people, history and achievements of Harland & Wolff where his father worked as a joiner.

"I’ve lived in the shadow of the boat factory all my life. I wanted to tell the story of the heritage and history that has all but disappeared and with it, the skills, the memories and the men who made it," says Gordon.

"Titanic Belfast has re-found that spirit and brought it back. The Boat Factory is a personal experience that will, for the first time, be located on the very spot where Titanic and her sister ships were built and designed."

  • The full festival programme is available here. Open 9am-7pm (10am-5pm Sunday) until September, then 10am-5pm daily October-March (closed December 24-26). Admission £6.75-£13.50 (free for under-5s).
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