One exhibit takes you to the past to relive the grandeur and tragedy of the Titanic, and the other takes you deep into a scientific exploration of the human body.
Although the exhibits can qualify as museums, they are definitely not your typical museums. It is important to make this distinction because some people – especially teens – are allergic to the word museum.
Since those two exhibits are separate, you can buy tickets for one or both. Each exhibit will take around one and a half hours to complete – so plan your time accordingly. If you have an inquisitive young one in your party, plan to stay longer. The docents are very helpful and informative.
Once you buy your tickets, you can pose for some photos with Titanic props. The backgrounds in those photos are blue so that they can be exchanged with more elaborate backgrounds. For example, we took a picture in front of the grand staircase. When we viewed the finished photo, it looked like we were on the Titanic in front of the staircase.
At the Bodies exhibits, you will see many exhibits of the human body in full color and scale. Each room highlights a different part or system like: Muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and circulatory.
The specimens are created from real human bodies and using an innovative preservation method called Polymer Preservation, which uses a special liquid rubber. Using this method, the specimens can last exceptionally long without any decay.
All exhibits were informative and entertaining, but my family and I especially enjoyed the exhibit showing the human fetus during different weeks of development. It is mind-boggling how tiny the fetus is at three weeks and how fast it grows after that.
Another eye-opening exhibit was the stark difference between healthy lungs and damaged lungs due to smoking. If anyone is still smoking despite all the warnings, then this exhibit might just make them quit.
The Bodies exhibit is mostly independent at your own pace experience. On the other hand, the Titanic artifacts exhibit is more choreographed and guided.
At the entrance to the Titanic, the docents let small groups in every 15 minutes, where they are greeted by a large room with a big screen. The first part of the journey is a short video about the Titanic's construction, launch, and tragedy.
The Titanic was built to rival any other cruise liner in size and luxury and was billed as unsinkable. During its maiden voyage in 1912, the unthinkable happened. It struck a large Iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean, sending around 1,500 passengers to their doom. The biggest tragedy in this story is that many more lives could have been saved if the ship carried adequate lifeboats.
Throughout the ensuing years, many salvagers and researchers recovered a treasure trove of artifacts from the doomed ship.
This exhibit highlights those artifacts and the opulent life aboard the ship. In some of the exhibits, you will see the life-sized Grand Staircase, the first-class staterooms, and the expensive China that survived the drowning. In contrast, you will pass by the cramped crew quarters, with four crew members in each cabin.
In other exhibits, you will see the huge propellers and the engine room where the crew toiled to keep the ship running. Another display plays a looping 3D film showing the sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean.
In most rooms, docents dressed as crew members provided information about the exhibits and answered questions.
One of the rooms shows a huge Iceberg made from real ice. You can touch the ice to feel how cold it was on that fateful night.
Around the middle of your journey, you will be seated in a simulated lifeboat while a crew member tells the story of the Titanic passenger’s escape and rescue.
As you exit the exhibit, you will walk through a memorial for the people who perished and who survived, along with their photos - A very touching experience that makes the whole story more real and personal.
Our favorite parts of the exhibit were the 3D film, the Iceberg, and the engine room.