On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. Almost 100 years later, Melbourne Museum will pay tribute to the tragedy in Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, which showcases more than 280 artefacts retrieved from Titanic’s debris field, offering visitors a poignant look at this legendary Ship and its passengers and crew.

The Exhibition has been created with a focus on Titanic’s compelling human stories, told through authentic artefacts and exacting re-creations of the Ship’s interior. Delicate bottles of perfume, china bearing the logo of the elite White Star Line, even a piece of the hull of Titanic - these and many other objects collected from the wreck site offer poignant connections to lives abruptly ended or forever changed by one of the world’s greatest maritime disasters.

As they enter the Exhibition, each visitor is presented with a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger, drawing them back in time to 1912 and the Ship’s fateful maiden voyage. Then begins a journey through the life of Titanic, from construction and life on board, to its ill-fated voyage, tragic sinking and the amazing efforts to recover artefacts. Along the way visitors will marvel at the full-size recreation of the Ship’s Grand Staircase, learn countless stories of heroism and humanity and even press their palms against an “iceberg”.

The Exhibition also tells Titanic’s Australian stories, and how its sinking strongly resonated with communities here. In the “Memorial Gallery”, guests will be able to take their boarding pass to the Memorial Wall and discover whether their passenger and travelling companions survived or perished.

Over the past 19 years, more than 22 million people have seen this powerful Exhibition in major museums worldwide - from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to London. RMS Titanic, Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of Titanic. The Company was granted Salvor-in-Possession rights to the wreck site of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994 and has conducted seven research and recovery expeditions to Titanic rescuing more than 5,500 artefacts.

Melbourne Museum

14 May 2010 - 7 November 2010

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