In 1912 it cost anywhere from $15 to $40 ($298 to $793 in today’s currency) for a Third Class ticket, $60 ($1,200) for Second Class, $150 ($2,975) for a First Class Berth and $4,350 ($83,200) for a First Class Parlor Suite. This was at a time when regular workers earned between $5 and $10 per week. Thus if you were on board the Titanic as it departed on its maiden voyage you were considered fortunate indeed.
It had cost $7,500,000 to build or over $400,000,000 in today’s currency and no luxury had been spared. It had conveniences that most homes of the time did not have such as flush toilets, electric lights and heaters. There was a heated sea water filled swimming pool, squash courts, a ball room, an infirmary with surgery, Turkish baths and barbershops just to name a few. On the fourth and last night out the menu featured items such as fresh celery and fruit, quite a feat back then.
It was in short, a floating luxury hotel that was opulent beyond belief for the wealthy and much better than average for Third Class. That is, until that fateful night on April 14, 1912 when the ship went down. With 2228 on board divided up as 337 First Class, 285 Second Class, 721 third Class and 885 Crew Members. Percentage wise, over twice as many First Class passengers (60%) survived compared to Third Class (25%).
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Great Lakes Science Center will be hosting “Titanic-The Artifact Exhibition” featuring articles rescued from over two miles deep in the Atlantic Ocean one hundred miles due east of Boston, Massachusetts. The exhibit takes you through the building of the ship, the elegance of a First Class State Room; a Third Class living area, through the Bridge Area, past the coal fired furnaces and into the memorial room with a list of those who survived and those who perished.
The exhibition is a chronological journey tracing the life of the Titanic including its construction, life on board, the fateful night of the sinking and the heroic rescue efforts. Meet and talk with costumed historical enactors portraying socialite Margaret (“Unsinkable” Molly) Brown, ship architect Thomas Andrews, American governess Grace Scott Brown, Third Officer Herbert John Pitman and Haitian engineer Joseph Phillippe Lemercier Laroche. As you enter the exhibit, you will be given a “boarding pass” much like the ones originally distributed to the original passengers. With this pass you will become that passenger and marvel at the elegance that was the Titanic as well as knowing what class passenger you would have been at the time. At the memorial room you can look on the wall to see if indeed you did survive.
Along the way are numerous objects that have been brought up from the ship. Some are mementos that reflect the ostentatious life that the well to do enjoyed. Others are common objects once used by those unfortunate to have been on board that fateful maiden voyage. There are modern touches as well in the exhibit. In one room is a refrigerated “Iceberg” in which you are invited to touch that will give you a feeling of what the water temperature felt like when the ship went down. There is also an I-Pad that allows you to view various angles of what the ship looked like when first discovered and lastly, a 3D short clip taken from one of the submersibles showing various details of the ship. Finally, as you head for the exit you will pass through the gift shop where you can purchase all manner of Titanic souvenirs including small etched Plexiglas plaques housing tiny pieces of coal salvaged from the ship.
Of special note are the background sounds that subtly fill the air of each room. In the room dedicated to the ship’s building there are Irish fiddle tunes and the sound of talking and clanking. The room housing the First Class Cabin is filled with melodic violin music from the era. As you go from room to room, be aware of the sounds. The exhibit will be housed at the Great Lakes Science Center through January 5th, 2014.
For fans of the Omnimax®, Great Lakes Science Center will also be showing the movie “Titanica” that will open the same day (June 1, 2013) as the exhibition. Take a huge screen journey into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean as the submersibles travel two miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean to the underwater resting place of the legendary Titanic. The film also features interviews with two Titanic survivors. The movie will be shown on June 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The June 2-30 showings will be daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Special exhibition and movie combo packages will be available (see below). Films and film times are subject to change. For more information, call (216) 694-2000.
Exhibition Ticket Prices
All tickets for “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” are timed tickets. Same-day tickets may be purchased at the Great Lakes Science Center box office. Advance tickets may be purchased online or at 216-621-2400. Please be prepared to select a specific date and time when you make your purchase. Get ticket prices and exhibition hours.
Ticket prices include admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition plus general admission to Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Purchase exhibition tickets online.
Youth: $22 (2 – 12 yrs)
Youth: $10 (2 – 12 yrs)
Add the OMNIMAX Movie, Titanica
Enhance your Titanic experience. Exhibition and movie combo ticket includes admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition plus the OMNIMAX movie, Titanica. Also includes general admission to Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Purchase exhibition/movie combo tickets online.
Youth: $27 (2 – 12 yrs)
Youth: $17 (2 – 12 yrs)
Youth: $10 (2 – 12 yrs)
About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to engage visitors through fun, interactive experiences to stimulate curiosity about and encourage understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Center features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216-694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.