Journey on the Titanic
My family didn’t know what to expect when we drove up to the Titanic Attraction in Branson, Missouri.
The museum itself looks like the hull of the Titanic from the road. It was pretty strange to see the large smoke stacks from the distance.
We were greeted by a stewardess who handed us boarding tickets. On each of the tickets was a name of a passenger. We’d know by the end of the journey through the museum if we survived or not. A shiver ran down my spine as I looked at my family. Was it possible one of us wouldn’t make it?
The first thing that greeted us inside was a full-scale model of the Titanic. I stayed back longer than the rest studying every detail. I’d come to the museum to research for my novel By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Barbour 2012), but I had a feeling that I wasn’t the only one who would get something out of this trip.
Deeper inside there was room after room of exhibits. Exquisite displays highlighted the ship, the builders, the crew, and passengers. Along with photographs there were full-scale replicas of the Grand Staircases (there was more than one of the ship) and the staterooms, but my favorite part was the Titanic artifacts—a man’s watch, a woman’s clutch, a life vest worn by one of the survivors.
My husband, kids, and I huddled around the water tank that held water the same temperature of the ocean water the night the Titanic sank. One by one we dipped our hands in. I was shocked that my hand ached after only ten seconds. Tears filled our eyes as we read the list of names of those lost. After finding the names on our boarding passes on the memorial wall we discovered only half of our group survived—I didn’t. We left that day with a greater understanding of one of the greatest tragedies in history, and with heavy hearts.
And, like any good homeschooling mom, when we got in the car I asked a few questions:
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Mary Ellen Goodwin says
I’ve been to the exhibit in Orlando and Las Vegas where they had a piece of the ship. I’ve read anything I could find on the Titanic and still have a bunch on my Kindle. I even have a board on Pinterest for it. I have always loved history so this fits right in. I know your kids enjoyed what they learned. Going to exhibits like that bring history alive and more interesting. When I was homeschooling, I took the boys to museums,exhibits zoos, or anyplace to spark their interests in history or science. There are some books about the Titanic written for kids. I found one for my grandson.called On Board the Titanic. It is a I was there book. It has pictures of the Titanic and the people involved. Glad you took them to see the exhibit.
Tricia Goyer says
Yes, it’s so important for our kids to know history!
Susan Johnson says
I took my daughter to see the exhibit when it was in Lubbock, TX a few years ago. The woman at the desk said it took about 45 minutes to go through. It took us 1 1/2 hours. My daughter read a book about the Titanic when she was in kindergarten and has been a big Titanic buff ever since. (She just turned 29). She has several movies and books about the Titanic, including your book.
Susan Johnson says
I don’t remember is we “survived” or not. She probably does, though.
Tricia Goyer says
Sierra Faith says
Wow, that sounds really neat!! Would definitely be something I would want to visit one day!