Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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We were super excited to visit the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront over the school holidays. Having just started our holiday, this was top on our to-do list!

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront

Upon our arrival to the Titanic Exhibition we were welcomed by these lovely ladies in costume which provided a good photo op for snap happy mom!

Titanic ExhibitionOutside the entrance to the Titanic Exhibition

Inside the entrance there was a red carpet leading into the exhibition. The foyer had props and photographs leading up to the ticket booth. The kids enjoyed playing with the props while I enjoyed looking at the photographs.

Titanic Exhibition

The Boarding Pass

At the ticket booth they handed us each a boarding pass. At the back of our boarding pass was the name of a passenger who traveled on the Titanic.

Titanic Exhibition Boarding Pass

The passenger details included their full name, a bit of history of the person and the story of how they came to be on the ship. At the end of the exhibition we would have the opportunity to check if our passengers survived.

This detail emphasized the act that as interesting as it is to study Titanic history, what happened was a tragedy and that many people lost their lives. In that somber spirit we entered through the doorway and into the dim, cold interior of the exhibition which was a stark contrast to the bright and friendly atmosphere we experienced outside before entering.

It was like being transported to another time.

The exhibition ran across three two floors and everything about it was very detailed to give us the experience of having been on the ship ourselves.

We got a peek into what it was like to be a first, second and third class passenger on the ship in a time where social class determined your station in life. There were many relics on display which were real artifacts that were recovered from the debris surrounding the wreckage site at the bottom of the ocean.

One of these recovered artifacts was a pocket watch belonging to a South African called Solomon Brown.

Each personal artifact had some insight into it’s former owners’ life that gave you a glimpse into the past. Especially sad were all the tragic stories of families torn apart and how many of them were only on the ship by chance.

Titanic Exhibition

I found the exhibition to be more suitable for adults than children as there was a lot of reading involved and the dim lighting was a bit scary for Alex who is 5 years old. Although she did enjoy touching the ice cold iceberg!

Josh was very relieved to find out at the end that his passenger was the only one out of the three of us that had survived!

We left the exhibition in much more somber spirits than when we arrived but we were truly educated and glad to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity to peek into the past.


Be sure to check it the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition while you can:

Date: 22 Nov 2015 – 06 Mar 2016
Time: 09:00 – 18:00
Venue: Watershed, V&A Waterfront
Location: Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town
Price: R85p/p – R135p/p
Phone: +27 (0)78 236 3780
Email info@exporsa.co.za
Website: www.titanicexpo.co.za