Video: Relics from the Deep!
On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest Ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world's confidence in modern technology. 100 years later, The Mahaffey will pay tribute to the tragedy which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where more than 125 legendary artifacts, conserved from the Ship's debris field, are showcased offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers.
Opening October 6, 2012 and running through March 3, 2013, the five-month exhibition features artifacts never before seen in Tampa Bay. The Exhibition is designed to focus on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts and extensive room recreations. Perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, even a set of perfectly preserved au gratin dishes -- these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 upon entrance, as each receives a replicated boarding pass of an actual passenger on board Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through the life of Titanic, moving through the Ship's construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. Guests will marvel at the re-created first and third class cabins, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity.
In the summer of 2010, RMS Titanic, Inc. completed its eighth expedition of the wreck site. The mission objectives were to use the most recent technology, including sonar, 3D and HD imaging, to map the entire wreck site of Titanic, document her current condition, and ultimately virtually raise Titanic, preserving her legacy for all time. The Mahaffey will be one of the first venues to showcase the interactive elements from Expedition 2010.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition allows visitors to conduct personalized explorations of the wreck site utilizing an interactive tool to explore photo mosaics of Titanic in her final resting place. The recent technological advances utilized on Expedition 2010 have allowed scientists to piece together, from thousands of sequential images, a full picture of Titanic as it lays today. The interactive program includes components from The Titanic Mapping Project™, which shows the exact locations of artifacts recovered from the wreck site creating a scatter pattern on the ocean floor; video footage explaining in detail how Expedition 2010 came to fruition; and, the technological breakthroughs that guided the expedition (ROV and AUV vehicles and cameras).
Over the past 15 years, more than 25 million people have seen this powerful exhibition in major museums worldwide - from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to London. RMS Titanic, Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck site of Titanic. The Company was granted Salvor-in-Possession rights to the wreck site of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994 and has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to the wreck site of Titanic rescuing more than 5,500 artifacts.
TICKETS: Advance tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and priced at $19.12 (to commemorate the year of the Titanic's ill-fated voyage) with discounts for children, students, seniors, military, and groups. For more information visit TheMahaffey.com or call 727-892-5767.
RMS Titanic, Inc.
RMS Titanic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck site of Titanic. The Company was granted Salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck site of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994 and has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to Titanic's debris field and recovered more than 5,500 artifacts. Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is a major provider of museum-quality touring exhibitions throughout the world. Website: www.RMSTitanic.net
The Mahaffey, now under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay's top-rated performance arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances - Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions. Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031 seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renown museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the perming arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.