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Titanic at Portland Science Center

Mark Lach Titanic Artifact Exhibition at the Portland Science Center

People have always felt fascinated by the history of the RMS Titanic, which was the world's largest ship during its time. The ship was thought to be unsinkable but went down to the bottom of the ocean on its maiden voyage after it hit an iceberg in the Atlantic.

James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster, "The Titanic" gave a chance to people all over the world to get closer to the story of the Titanic. But the Portland Science Center took people almost inside the ship with the “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.”

The exhibit brought real artifacts and remains from the ship and even recreated the cabins of the time. Titanic suffered its ill fate in the 1900s and stayed at the bottom of the sea for more than seven decades without any human exploration.

Portland Science Center Hosts Titanic Exhibition

Titanic at Portland Science Center

The wreck of the ship was discovered in 1985 and artifacts were started recovering from 1987. RMS Titanic was awarded the charge of recovering artifacts by the court and till date has brought up 5,500 artifacts, some of which were on display at the exhibit.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc is arranging the exhibition all around the world and has attracted a huge number of visitors. Creative director and vice president of design of the group, Mark Lach, said that the artifacts present a very real portrayal of the history of the ship with original items like clothes, dining room china and parts of the ship. They had also recreated the first-class and third-class cabins to provide a glimpse of how the crew and passengers lived on the ill-fated ship.

Portland Science Center Hosts Titanic Exhibition

The visitors are given a boarding pass as soon as they step inside the exhibit which contains the name and details of real people who traveled on the ship. At the end of the tour, the visitors can check out a list of passenger and crew on a wall and find out if the person on their boarding pass survived or lost their life.

Lanch said that the boarding passes brought an element of fun in the exhibition and enabled people to connect to it more personally. He also said that people must see the artifacts with their own eyes which present the idea about the fragility of life.

The sinking of the 900-foot-long Titanic with 2,200 passengers made way for protocols and regulations to increase maritime safety. Among the safety hazards, the ship had only enough lifeboats to rescue about 1,200 people.

The Gold Group manages the Portland Science Center and hosts renowned exhibitions which included the Body Worlds as its debut show. President Joe Gold said that they always take the opinion of the customer on which shows to feature in the center and Titanic came up as the number one choice.