Exploring different types of Museums have become sort of a passion for my family. Not only do we learning new things but we enjoy soaking in all the adventures along the way. The Smoky Mountains have a real sweet spot in my heart. Our first trip was a fluke accident because we were unsure where to take our honeymoon. After arriving, the magnificent mountains hypnotized us both. On long work days back in NY, I crave the sight of Mountains!! If you have driven through Pigeon Forge to get to Gatlinburg or the Smoky Mountains you might have seen the many tourist attractions and Museums along the way! Last Spring Break we had the pleasure of visiting several and I can’t wait to share all of our thoughts, tips & recommendations!
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Our first stop, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. This location is “endorsed by the world-famous Titanic Historical Society, TMA is an internationally recognized living museum that holds the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere”.
Let’s face it the film Titanic also helped fuel the mystery behind this majestic ship. Many people want to experience this attraction so my suggestion is to arrive early. Even with an allotted time we still had to wait in line. Just kindly check in and the staff will point you in the right direction.
When you do find a spot in line they had you a Boarding Pass.
Much similar to the pass I received while in the Holocaust museum (in DC) you become a character. Follow your crew mates as you reveal their story line. At the end of the Museum you will find your place on the wall to whether your person made it out alive. Does this put life in perspective, yes. It was truly a humbling experience that I shared with my family. My son was 8 at the time and trust me it hits home when you realize this could have been us!
Most of the Museum discourages photo taking because they want you to come and experience it in person. I have to agree with this frame of mind because being inside the ship, examining the artifacts really makes you feel what was felt on that last voyage!
One of the last exhibits you will see is this Titanic built entirely from 56,000 LEGO bricks! Making this unprecedented achievement even more amazing is to know that it was conceived and constructed by a ten-year-old, autistic, Icelandic boy. My son truly related to him since he enjoys LEGO & was 8 years old on our trip!!
Not one artifact in this collection has been altered, forged, stolen or looted! Every piece on display, including those on loan from private collectors, either was carried off the ship and into a lifeboat or was recovered from the floating debris field after the sinking.
It are these touches throughout that make you truly appreciate the time, sophistication and work that was put into this attraction.
Our trip to the Titanic Exhibit in Pigeon Forge, TN was both fun and beneficial. If I could give you some pointers before your visit? First, arrive early! Second plan to go in the early hours of the day because most tourists like to sleep in leaving you a less crowded experience. Take your time because they have really packed a lot in this location. Check around for discounts. Several places were advertising including Groupon when we visited!
Have you ever visited the Titanic Exhibit in Pigeon Forge, TN??
What about this tragedy do you find interesting/educational??