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Member Name: juicy_lucy
Advantages: Interesting and interactive
Disadvantages: None really
We were recently in Belfast and so this was somewhere we really wanted to visit. Unfortunately we hadn't booked and there were no tickets for sale online but when I telephoned the museum we were told that they do release some tickets every day. Since we were in a coffee shop close by we ran along and were lucky enough to get some tickets, albeit with a two hour wait!
The museum was opened earlier this year and is located 100 yards in front of where Titanic's hull was launched. It is certainly an impressive building. Not only is it extremely big with the facades leaning out at an angle, but it also has a crystalline appearance which makes it seem to shine and shimmer. There are also pools of water around the base of the building which really does give the impression of a ship on water.
Once inside its just as impressive with huge glass escalators and ticket desks designed to duplicat the wooden keel blocks on Titanic.
So we had our tickets and given how busy it is, visitors are given a time slot and when it was our time to go in, tickets were checked and up the escalators we went...
As expected it was very busy and at the first stage, quite difficult to get a sense of the size of some of the exhibits. On entering the exhibition, visitors learn about the industries and design innovations that led to the creation of RMS Titanic. This is done through a series of very big screens showing people walking around the streets of Belfast and also lots of smaller areas with information boards. Careful here if visiting with children as lots of the rooms are quite small and given that there are so many people I kept panicking I would lose Little Miss.
At the end of this gallery, we passed through the huge original Harland & Wolff shipyard gates and went to the Arrol Gantry and Shipyard Ride.
Here we had to go up a replica of one of the huge pillars of the Arrol Gantry to go on the Shipyard Ride which is an electronic dark ride round the shipyard. This t uses special effects, animations and reconstructions to recreate of shipbuilding in the early 1900s. we travelled above ground level and were able to see people building the ships and get a real sense of the smells noises and sights of the time. This was all accompanied by a recording of the making of the ship, and the jobs which had to be done.
When we left the Shipyard Ride, we saw : a large window looking straight down the actual slipways on which the Titanic rested.the window itself is very impressive and . switches from the normal view to a superimposed image of the Titanic on the slipways. Its a good place to take a sit and sit and think about what it must have been like and there are some conveniently located chairs.
I especially enjoyed the Gallery containing an e range of exhibits, and models which show the interiors of the different rooms with people inside the cabins. They are obviously not real people but actually look like ghosts in the rooms which is quite eerie. There are also lots of stories about individual passengers and a model of the ship. Moving on through the museum there is an auditorium with a film showing the wreck of the Titanic and below this is a huge glass floor which visitors can walk along and look at the Titanic beneath them- strange feling walking on glass.
Close to the end of the museum is a to scale life boat with more pictures and information but one of the things we found fascinating was the interactive data collection. By selecting different data we could see how many of the fist second and third passengers survived along with the percentage of women and children. It makes it all very real when we thought about the loss of human life.
OTHER BITS OF INFORMATION...
Toilets are located in several areas but beware the ones on the ground floor sound as though you're going into water! Theres the usual shop selling memorabilia and a couple of reasonably priced restaurant/cafes.
Child (5-16): £6.75
Child (under 5): Free
There are concessions for students and OAPs and a 5% discount if you book online
April - September
Monday - Saturday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 10am - 7pm
October - March
10am - 5pm every day
Last admission is 1 hour 40 minutes before closing. However, given that we were here for about 3 hours, it may not be worth the money going so close to closing time.
The museum is huge with way too many exhibits to mention in a review. The whole building inside and out are well designed and impressive and it is a real landmark on the river bank.
With stories of the Titanic myths and legends, scenes and costumes from the films and a whole range of interactive displays this museum gives a fascinating insight into a tragedy. At the end of your visi, visitors can collect a free certificate in old fashioned style to remember their visit- always good to get something free.
For anyone visiting Belfast or interested in the Titanic I would thoroughly recommend this museum.
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Summary: Museum in Belfast
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