Plan Your Visit
Join Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition docent Bruce Boyce, dressed in period costuming, as he hosts Titanic Tuesdays straight from the exhibit floor. This special storytelling series, held in an intimate setting within the exhibit, feature a different theme each Tuesday that encapsulates additional stories every hour, on the hour from 10 AM – 3 PM. These short 10 – 15-minute talks reveal noteworthy anecdotes about the ship or the passengers – or even stories about the discovery of the wreckage. Titanic Tuesdays (stories) differ from those revealed within the exhibit and enhance the guest experience.Titanic Tuesdays (talks) are FREE with admission to the exhibit.
Titanic Tuesdays Program Guide:
March 3rd: Building of A Legend
10 AM – History of the White Star Line (Construction)
11 AM – The Belfast Shipyard of Harland & Wolff (Construction)
12 PM – Thomas Andrews and the Design of the Titanic (Construction)
2 PM -The Power Behind the Titanic (Boiler)
3 PM – Life in the Boiler Rooms (Boiler)
March 10th: Life Aboard the Titanic
10 AM – Boarding (Construction)
11 AM – First Class Society (Passenger)
12 PM – The Staterooms (Cabins)
2 PM – The Floating Palace (Passenger)
3 PM – Third Class: More than Steerage (Passenger)
March 17th: Warnings and Miscalculations
10 AM – The Marconi Wireless Telegraph (Boiler)
11 AM – The Ice Warnings (Boiler)
12 PM – Were Ships too Big for Captain Smith? (Passenger)
2 PM – The Hazards of the North Atlantic (Iceberg)
3 PM – Complacency on the Bridge (Iceberg)
March 24th: The Night We All Remember
10 AM – The Collision (Iceberg)
11 AM – How the Titanic was damaged (Discovery)
12 PM – Too Few Lifeboats (Discovery)
2 PM – Was Third Class Neglected? (Iceberg)
3 PM – Response to the Distress Call (Iceberg)
March 31st: Raising the Titanic
10 AM – Early Efforts to Raise the Ship (Discovery)
11 AM – Discovery of the Titanic’s Final Resting Place (Discovery)
12 PM – Recovery and Preservation of Artifacts (Passenger)
2 PM – The Ship’s Decay (Discovery)
3 PM – The Future of the Titanic (Discovery)
Sunday Stories from the Titanic
Sunday Stories from the Titanic are led by our docents, dressed in period Titanic costumes, and highlight the stories and personalities from the iconic ship. Talks are held on Sundays at 11 AM and 2 PM only, and last for approximately 15 minutes. They are FREE with admission.
February 23rd: The Immigrant Experience: Olaus “Ole” Abelseth
March 1st: Card Sharks & Other Rogues
March 8th: J. Bruce Ismay, White StarLine Owner
March 15th: 2nd Class Voyager: Lawrence Beesley
March 22nd: The Thayers of Philadelphia
March 29th: The Immigrant Experience: The Goodwin Family
On average, guests typically spend 60-90 minutes in the exhibition. Last entry time is 45 minutes before closing.
Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912. She sank 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. the next day.
The Ship was built for several reasons. It was intended to be a cargo ship as much as a luxury ocean liner. The “RMS” in RMS Titanic stands for “Royal Mail Ship.” Titanic carried British mail to the United States. Besides mail, it also carried general cargo and frozen meat from America since at the time Europe could not produce enough livestock to meet its own needs.
Titanic was 882 feet, 8 inches long, 92 feet, 6 inches in breadth. Her designed waterline was 34 feet, 7 inches above the keel. At that waterline, Titanic weighed 52,310 tons or 112,124,499 pounds. The Ship’s hull and superstructure contained 4,632,800 cubic feet (46,328 gross tons) of space. Of that, 2,1183,100 cubic feet (21,831 net tons) were used to make money by carrying passengers or cargo.
There were 2,228 passengers on Titanic: 342 in First Class, 284 in Second Class, 710 in Third Class, and 910 crewmembers.
At the time of the sinking, the Ship’s crew consisted of 885 men and women divided between three departments.
- The Deck Department
- The Engine Department
- The Victualling or “Passenger Care” Department
Not included in this list are the eight members of the Ship’s band who were technically from another company and traveled under second-class tickets.
Titanic was constructed by the shipbuilding firm of Harland & Wolff at their Queen’s Island Works in Belfast, Ireland.
Titanic’s wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coastline. Titanic lies 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, where the pressure is 6,000 pounds per square inch.
The last living survivor, Millvina Dean, recently passed away on May 31, 2009 as the oldest survivor of Titanic at age 97.
Sadly, even if the technology existed to raise it from the seabed, the wreck is far too fragile to withstand lifting and transportation.
The location of the wreck was discovered by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S./French expedition on September 1, 1985 at 1:05 a.m.
RMS Titanic, Inc. has conducted seven research and recovery expeditions to Titanic’s wreck site in 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2010.
The galleries in this fascinating Exhibition feature over 137 real artifacts, included 120 never seen before in Arizona, recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories; each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage.
To date, RMS Titanic, Inc. has recovered more than 5,500 objects from the wreck site, ranging from delicate porcelain dishes to a 17-ton section of the hull.
Yes, but it is uncertain when this will take place. Already in the years since the Ship’s discovery, there has been a compaction of the decks on the stern section, and decay of the superstructure in the area of the officers’ quarters, gymnasium and enclosed promenade.
Most of the soft woods used in the construction of Titanic, such as the pine walls between cabins and staterooms, have disappeared throughout the vessel. This has turned most of the Ship’s interiors into enormous steel caverns, with a thick layer of brown ooze covering the decks. There are, however, some remnants of the once-opulent décor, mostly in the quiet water parts of the wreck where the lack of circulation inhibits wood-digesting organisms. Ceiling and wall panels, wainscoting and decorative window coverings are best preserved in the first-class reception room, and a few of the deluxe suites on the decks above.
The bottom of the deep ocean is a hostile environment. Over time, man-made objects will be consumed by bacteria, abraded by sediments, and corroded by salt and acids. Even the Ship itself is slowly being destroyed by iron-eating microorganisms and will one day collapse on the ocean floor. Artifacts that are not recovered from the wreck site will eventually be lost. RMS Titanic, Inc. is committed to recovering, conserving, and exhibiting artifacts from the Titanic’s wreck site to help preserve the physical memory of the Ship and the people who perished in the disaster. Through these activities, people all over the world have the opportunity to see three-dimensional objects that bore witness to the sinking and to gain new insights into the human dimensions of the tragedy.
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