An exhibition detailing the world’s worst maritime disaster is making its first voyage to Iowa. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” will dock at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines in May with more than 100 items, from perfume bottles to white gloves, taken from the debris field of the 94-year-old shipwreck.
The Science Center’s Sally Dix says visitors will get a boarding pass as they enter, detailing the life of an actual Titanic passenger. At the end, visitors will learn if that passenger survived. Dix says the exhibition includes authentically recreated cabins from first and third-class, in addition to place settings and menus from all three classes.
The traveling collection has appeared in Chicago, Omaha and Kansas City but this is its first appearance in Iowa. The ship, dubbed unsinkable and then the world’s largest ocean vessel, struck an iceberg in April of 1912 and sank in the North Atlantic. Of the 22-hundred passengers, only about 700 survived.
Dix says visitors to the exhibition will take a chronological journey through life on the Titanic and the big ship’s tragic demise. There’s also a giant iceberg which visitors are encouraged to touch and imagine being immersed in the near-freezing water. The Science Center in Des Moines will also offer the IMAX movie “Titanica” opening the same day as the exhibition on May 20th, running for three months. For more information, surf to “www.sciowa.org”.