Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at ArtScience Museum




Everyone should go. No, it’s not about Jack and Rose… the other stories will move you instead.

It costs $24 for standard tickets ($20 for Singaporeans). If you’re an OCBC cardholder you get to receive an additional 20% off. I topped up an additional $5 for the hour-long documentary “Ghosts of the Abyss” directed by James Cameron (remember Avatar?). The prices were all worth it.

Titanic was re-discovered in 1985.. and “Ghosts of the Abyss” was shot in 2001. Titanic is expected to corrode and disappear within the next few decades due to the ‘rusticles’ corroding the ship’s metal. The documentary showed how these explorers travelled down to the bottom of the ocean to explore the wreck. It felt creepy, yet from the remains we could tell how beautiful the ship was.

Can you imagine? A third-class ticket would have cost $40, about $900 today, and the first class ticket costed $4500 back then, equivalent to about $100k today. (I would still only be a third-class passenger if I had boarded the ship). The exhibition recreated some of the iconic sections of the ship and it really is grand!

However things got sadder as we proceeded. There were displays of the possessions and the stories of these characters. People who saved hard to board the ship, leaving to seek better life elsewhere. People on their way to meet their loved ones. I teared a little when they showed a wall of the passengers’ names – those who had survived and those who hadn’t. Needless to say, the ones on the third-class and the crew had the least percentage of survivors.

My favourite and most memorable character is Ida Straus.  “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so we will die: together.” Who knows what we would have done in such times of danger?

The most tear-jerking quote, for me, was “Women and children first!” Someone was shouting these last few words over and over again…. They meant my own safety but they also meant the greatest loss I’ve ever suffered – the life of my husband.”

This is not an exhibition to be missed. Go and experience for yourself the story of Titanic.

2 Comments on “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at ArtScience Museum

  1. I went to the exhibition too! (: I was totally shocked by it and the quotes you love were similar to my list as well. 😀

  2. I went to the exhibition today together with my spouse, the exact day when the ship sank 100 years ago…I’m a fan of Titanic since I’ve watched the movie (three times) and has collected some newspaper cuttings, bought a book about the ship etc. I was mesmerized by the beauty and grandeur of the vessel. Actually thanks to James Cameron who has made a movie that has made the settings as close to the orginal vessel as possible and some of the characters too. If you noticed, the characters in the movie looked quite similar to the real life characters. I’ve come to learn more about ‘The unsinkable Molly Brown’ as well. I was indeed awed by the exhibition and moved by the stories. The quotes you love are the ones that have moved me much which brought tears. The replica of the first class cabins, the Grand Staircase and the third class cabins just made me feel as if i was on board. 

    The feeling was undescribable as I entered the Promonade…it was beautiful, cold and so surreal.That feeling of sadness somehow overwhelms me at the iceberg section as I witness the ship hits the iceberg and sinks on screen.

    Both the names on our boarding passes did not survive the ordeal, thou they belong to the first class passengers. For mine, at least she and her husband died together instead of being separated. I can imagine the pain, trauma, heartache and sadness as you see your loved ones die…

    Thanks for the posting. I hope to be able to re-read this entry again in future. And may the souls be able to rest in peace. 

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