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History Comes to Life at the Titanic Museum

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The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge is nestled against the beautiful mountain landscape of eastern Tennessee. This immersive museum respectfully ensures that the stories of those impacted by the sinking of the RMS Titanic are not forgotten. My family of 4 had an amazing experience at the Titanic Museum during our recent trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

My kids are 10 and 12, the age where things are rated as either “cool” or “lame” rather than “fun”. Finding things for us to equally enjoy as a family isn’t always easy. However, we were very impressed with the Titanic Museum. There really is something for everyone and my tweens were engaged throughout our visit.

Upon our arrival, we were handed “Boarding Passes” to step aboard the ship. Each boarding pass lists the name and background of a real passenger from the Titanic. We were also given individual handheld audio devices for the self-guided tour.

There are two audio narrations available – one geared toward younger kids (I’d say 10 years or younger) and one geared toward the older age group, including adults. The tour is completely self-guided, so guests are able to take things at their own pace. Crew Members are available to answer questions and give deeper insights into the various exhibits.

The various rooms of the museum replicate the different sections that would have been found on the ship. We made our way through the Working-Class cabins, First-Class state rooms, and, the real stunner of the tour, the grand staircase. The museum is also home to real artifacts recovered from the Titanic, including a deck chair, a pocket watch, and a Bible.

Hands-on activities give a sense of what it might have been like on that dreaded day – like dipping fingers into water that matched the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean at that time and climbing the “deck” at the various angles it would have sloped during its sinking.

The tribute wall toward the end of the tour lists all the names of the passengers aboard the Titanic, distinguished by those who survived and those who did not. Here is where we matched our Boarding Pass names to the list. (Each of the Titanic passengers named on our Boarding Passes were survivors.)

The final exhibit of the museum holds the largest Lego replication of the Titanic, built by Brynjar Karl Birgisson of Iceland when he was just 10 years old. It’s a really incredible sight to behold. My Lego-loving kids spent quite a bit of time in this exhibit.

The Titanic Museum brings history to life. My whole family had a great time learning about the ship, the era, and the people. With so many attractions in the area, it can be a challenge to narrow things down, but I don’t think a trip to Pigeon Forge is complete without a visit to the Titanic Museum!

Location:
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Hours:
Click here to see the current hours. Most weekdays the museum is open from 9am-7pm, and weekends from 9am-8pm, but there are some days with different operating hours, especially around holidays.

Tickets:

  • Adults (ages 13 and up): $35 (though right now on their website you can save $3 off each ticket)
  • Children (ages 5-12): $15
  • Children 4 and under: FREE
  • Family Pass (valid for 2 adults and up to 4 children): $115

Tickets must be ordered online, where you will select the date and time of your visit. Click here to purchase your tickets.

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