A two-story museum designed in the shape of the RMS Titanic, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, features 400 fascinating pre-discovery artifacts in its 20 gallery displays. This iconic family-friendly attraction offers a two-hour self-guided tour that is designed to make guests feel as though they are actually one of the original passengers on the ship’s 1912 maiden voyage.
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It wasnt what we expected. Too many people to be able to enjoy the museum. It definitely wasnt worth the price. I had read some reviews saying it was kid friendly. No its not. It depends on the childs age. My 4 yr old did not enjoy this, and it made our trip a challenge. I had to keep up with him, AND try to figure out the whole museum. Which I was a bit lost considering how many people were in there standing in the way. They say they only allow 30 people at a time, which is entirely too many, in my opinion. If the price were lower, and I had gone with only my husband and our 12 yr old, this may have been a more enjoyable trip. But I honestly probably, would have been quite disappointed either way since there was so many people. We brought a 4 yr old, a 6 yr old, and a 12 yr old. My 12 and 6 yr old did fine. But what made this mostly un-enjoyable was the amount of people there, and a feeling of being lost and not knowing what to look at or read because everyone is in the way. If you were to wait for everyone to move out of the way to be able to actually read and learn something, it would literally take a few hrs. Which was not feasible, being how we had our grouchy 4 yr old with us. So, needless to say, we were in a rush to get out. And we werent really able to read anything. So we wasted $66 today at the titanic museum. No offense to anyone who works there, they were all nice. Im sorry I cant give a better review. Of this had been half the price, it would have gotten a better review.
I am a huge history nerd, my husband took me here on a lil get away. I really enjoyed myself, felt like they kept everything as real as possible. So many wonderful facts and displays. It is very educational and interesting. He even enjoyed it!
Everyone enjoyed it and we learned interesting facts we didn't know about the titanic. My children liked being one of the passengers on the ship.
I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years & have seen the memorials & where the Titanic would have landed if it had not hit that iceberg. I have visited Liverpool, once headquarters of the White Star Line & now home to a considerable amount of the Titanic’s history & legacy. And I have spent a great deal of time in Belfast, where the mighty ship was conceived, designed & built. All of those places have connections to the Titanic that are hard to argue, unlike the completely random Titanic Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, TN. Sometimes, however, you just have to suspend disbelief. The design of the museum’s exterior alone goes a long way in helping you do just that. As you approach from the road, you see the ship & depending on your direction, you may also see the iceberg. Once you’ve parked, you approach the depot, as if you’re about to board her & much like other similar museums (if you’ve ever visited the Titanic Experience that has gone through the Discovery Center in Times Square & elsewhere), you’re issued a ticket with the name of an actual passenger. Before entry, you are reminded VERY UNFORTUNATELY that no photography or video of any kind is allowed, which is a real letdown. Yes, the exterior is impressive & if you get there early enough, you can get a shot without dozens of other random tourists in the way, but the best things are inside. You can certainly understand that they want to protect their property & encourage actual visits, but sharing photos & video clips generates excitement & encourages others to visit. Anyway, through the expected mix of an audio guide & visual displays, you are taken back more than a century to the time before Titanic was even built. To the days when people traveled by sea & luxury liners were majestic, with shipping companies each striving to create the next great vessel. You see how the Titanic was conceived, along with its two sister ships, how it was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland & how many people were involved in its construction. You see a mix of actual & period artifacts from its creation, voyage & aftermath. The museum takes you through logically. After the design, you witness the construction of the ship. You learn about the people who built her, then those who’d crewed her & would travel on her. You see what the cabins of the ship looked like, from the opulence of first class to the cramped quarters of third. Two toilets for the entire third class? You see the excitement of the ship’s launch, its many technological advancements & its massive scale & grandeur & yes, the “grand staircase.” There is a photo op, which comes with a price, toward the end of your tour. An entire room is donated to the legendary musicians on board the ship, with a Steinway piano as the centerpiece, which guests are invited to play. If no one is willing, a costumed museum attendant may pick out a few bars from the period. And given the success of the James Cameron film, despite its sappy melodrama, of course you see its influence here, from the James Horner score playing as you walk through to the impressive effect of a flooded stairway & other elements. You see the timeline of events as the ship approaches its tragic destiny, from its last port of call to the last meal served to the sighting of the iceberg & the collision. The loading of the lifeboats & the sinking to the desperate & eventual rescue. The story of survivors & victims is well told. There are interactive elements, too. There are countless trivia questions asked throughout, along with various buttons to push. You have the chance to shovel a bit of “coal” into a furnace to get a sense of the grueling labor of the crew who did this back breaking work for hours on end, only to be among the very first to die. You can touch a miniature iceberg, or dip your hand into frigid 28 degree water to have an inkling of what those who found themselves plunged into the icy waters of the North Atlantic felt while they clung to life hoping to be rescued. Those who are limber enough can walk up the decks of the ship, tilted at various angles as simulated during its sinking. And you can learn the stories of survivors – some in a short video, the Adergoole 14 is a tragic story of a small town in County Mayo, Ireland & its link to Titanic, briefly discussed in a 6 minute clip. At the end of the tour, you see your own fate, or that of the passenger whose ticket you’re carrying. Like most attractions of this type, of course, you exit through the gift shop. And there are quite a few things worth your while, although they didn’t have two that I was specifically interested in. And as a librarian & history buff, I’d recommend they add one more to their offering of books. In the museum, you’ll find that they make reference to the fact that only one photo is known to exist of a child on board the ship, though of course countless children traveled on board. There are numerous books for sale, although those geared for children are not especially engaging. For a story aimed at & actually about children, I’d recommend The Two Pennies, by Susie Millar. It’s a true story, written by the great granddaughter of a Titanic engineer. It’s sad, sweet & honest – like many stories about that tragic night in April 1912. There are many things to do in Pigeon Forge & the surrounding area, from white water rafting to to miniature golf, hikes & activities. But you’d have to travel pretty far to get this sort of experience & I’d highly recommend making this part of your travel plans. While you cannot quite walk the slipway, or see the Harlan & Wolff cranes, as you would if you traveled to Belfast, which dedicates virtually an entire section of the city to its memory, this does a very admirable job of bringing the history of Titanic to this part of America.
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Is there a restaurant or cafe at the Titanic Museum Attraction?
No, there isn’t but there are many restaurants in the surrounding Parkway area.
Are cameras/video allowed at the Titanic Museum?
No. Cameras and/or video cameras are not allowed at the museum.
Is the Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum Attraction accessible by wheelchair?
Yes. The Titanic Museum Attraction is fully accessible to the disabled and is wheelchair friendly. We also have wheelchairs available.
Were any of the Titanic artifacts on display taken from the wreck site?
None of the artifacts you see at Titanic Pigeon Forge were taken from the wreck site. The many priceless Titanic artifacts and relics that are on display were either carried off the ship by Titanic passengers and crew or were recovered from the sea during the rescue effort. Many of these pieces are on display for the first time.
How big is the Titanic Museum Attraction?
Titanic Pigeon Forge is a 30,000 square-foot, ship-shaped structure situated on 5.69 acres that overlook the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The forward half of the ship is re-created and will be half-the size of the original Titanic. It holds 20 galleries with hundred of artifacts on two decks. The primary objective in creating Titanic Pigeon Forge was to build a permanent monument to the 2,208 men, women and children who sailed on her.
I hear the museum attraction has re-created Titanic’s Grand Staircase and that visitors can actually climb the stairs. Is that true?
Yes. The section of the First Class staircase between A-Deck and B-Deck has been re-created using original plans from Harland and Wolff, the Titanic builders. It is centered under a wrought iron and glass dome that duplicates what was installed on Titanic. Additionally, there is an accurate re-creation of both a First Class suite and Third Class cabin.
Are there interactive opportunities for my kids to enjoy?
Yes, the interactive areas of Titanic Pigeon Forge provide many hands-on experiences that are designed to give children and adults alike a sense of what it might have been like to actually be on board the Titanic. Families will be able to learn how to send a wireless SOS signal and see how difficult communication was in 1912; they’ll feel what it was like to stand in the icy night air while touching a soaring wall of ice that simulates the iceberg that sliced through the ship. Guests will be able to experience water chilled to 28 degrees which delivers a stark reminder of what two-thirds of the Titanic’s passengers and crew had to endure.
How long does the tour take?
The Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum Attraction is a self-guided tour. Because there is so much to see and do in the museum the average length of time a guest will spend is two hours.
I’ve seen one of those Titanic traveling exhibits and wondered why I should care about seeing this one?
Titanic Pigeon Forge and Titanic Branson are unlike anything you’ve seen before. They’re permanent, Titanic-size museum attractions that are unequalled in the world. From the moment you board the ship you’ll begin to see, experience and feel the difference. Costumed crew members will introduce you to some of the 2,208 passengers and crew that were on board the ship and you’ll have an opportunity to pay your respect to all them before you leave.
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