Pigeon Forge is home to the Titanic Museum– which by the way is inside a ship that looks like the Titanic! It is a must see attraction for all ages- perfect for families or couples!! As many of you know, The Titanic will be celebrating it’s 100th year anniversary in April 2012. Hard to believe it’s been that long since those 2,208 passengers experienced one of maritime’s biggest disasters.
Your adventure aboard the Titanic starts from the second you approach the museum. You are greeted by members of the Titanic crew dressed in amazing full costumes- and some with accents(which my kids loved!). The Titanic Museum has a great new feature- a self guiding audio tour! You can purchase your remotes at the entrance( $10 for 2 at the door) and learn more about the Titanic and it’s passengers as you stroll through the museum.
These remotes hang around your neck, and are SUPER easy to navigate even for the little ones. My oldest son who is 6 wanted to stop and listen to each and every audio tour stop. You can find the audio tour stops by looking for a round number at the top of the display- you simply punch in the number and listen. They have an audio tour for adults that goes more in depth and includes actual recording of real Titanic survivors, and a kids one that has kid friendly bits of information. The Audio Tour keeps you engaged and definitely expands on the vast amount of information around the Titanic! Well worth the extra money!
As your Tour the amazing “unsinkable” boat you will see over 400 artifacts that have been pulled out of the Titanic. You will read about the people that stayed on the boat, and see which guests made it out alive and which one became part of the 1513 passengers that perished. There are many interactive displays, some for guests of all ages. My little ones loved learning about the animals on board and seeing the children’s artifacts. The boys got to tour the cramped quarters of third class, and also the luxurious first class suites- they learned how these classes affected some of the passengers outcome. I got to experience the walk down the Grand Staircase- I felt like a queen.
Best part hands down……..the hands on learning experience of touching a REAL iceberg and submerging your hands in 28 degree water. It is hard to imagine that people survived after laying in that water for so long. My entire arm was tingling just after a few seconds. It was intense. There is a great Childrens area with steering wheels, port holes, stories, and even some climbing fun.
The last stop of the Titanic brings you to the Memorial room- you view all the names of the passengers who perished. I don’t think I heard a single voice in the room, while everyone gave a moment of silence for those affected. The entire experience was outstanding, and I was happy to offer this educational tour to my homeschooled boys. It was a lesson that will stick with them- an emotional imprint.
*Our Souvenir Picture*
So be sure to make the Titanic Museum Attraction a to do on your Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Vacation! Check out Titanic Attraction on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information on events regarding the 100th celebration and more!
BUY IT: There is also a Titanic Museum location in Branson, Missouri. You can purchase tickets at the entrance, or save time and money by purchasing them online. Don’t forget to purchase your Audio Tour at the door- those can not be pre-purchased. Check out the Pigeon Forge Titanic website, for some text discounts!