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The Titanic Experience Belfast-Well Worth a Visit Informative and Surprisingly Emotional
Member Name: duchy
Advantages: An educational experience -that doesn't make you feel you are being educated, Good value for money
Disadvantages: A fair bit of walking
When you visit Belfast you can't miss the iconic building that houses the Titanic Exhibition -it stands out with its sheer size and unique shape mimicking the grand ship itself.
If I'm honest I didn't know anything about this museum before my last visit to Belfast and had low expectations but we had a free day-the weather was typical January Belfast weather-wet and windy so
it seemed like a good place to spend a few hours. A decision I certainly didn't regret as this is an excellent and extraordinary exhibition and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
We preboooked the day we went using the Exhibition's own website http://titanicbelfast.com/Navigation/The-Titanic-E xperience.aspx , booking was easy and as it was a Tuesday we qualified for a special "Titanic Tuesday" offer which knocked £3 off the admission price and included a hot drink and a scone whilst there.
We arrived at the impressive building and were surprised just how big it was and realized there was going to be a lot to see and a reasonable amount of walking. As my companion has problems walking any distance we enquired and were loaned a mobility scooter for her at no charge. The staff were quick to provide the scooter-which looked brand new and ensured my friend was able to navigate it and was comfortable with it. We were then guided to the beginning of the exhibition and advised of the best route to take with the scooter.
The first section of the exhibition opens with an overview of Belfast in the early 20th century and explains how the city was thriving and focused on the shipyards and the prosperity the shipyards gave to the city and the pride and excitement about the building of this great ship. As with all the other sections a variety of audio visual effects are used very successfully.
The second section is about the shipyard itself -and the mechanics of building the ship. Sounds a bit boring eh ? It really isn't -it shows the vastness and enormous challenges involved as you ride through. The ride was a surprise and the transfer from the mobility scooter was smooth and dealt with efficiently by the courteous and friendly staff.
Moving onto the launch of the Titanic itself -it's very clever how you appear to be on the slipway itself and the excitement of the population who turned out for the launch (an estimated 100,000 people -a third of the city's population).
The exhibition moves you through the ship itself showing the varying types of cabin -from the basic to the extraordinaryly ornate and the fantastic public areas.
Throughout the whole exhibition the human reactions are shown as well as the factual -an element that or me really made the Experience especially worthwhile as oral history for me brings it all to life.
We move forward to the voyage itself and the events of that fateful day -it is realistic enough that I wouldn't personally take a very young child although the horror isn't dwelt upon. The exhibition then dwells for quite a while on the aftermath -both the survivors and those who perished. It is touching without being mawkish and also focuses on some amazing acts of bravery. At this point we met a lady whose grandfather had survived the sinking and it was interesting talking to her and seeing how moved she was and also how much she appreciated the exhibition. It was all quite emotional and at tis point we decided we had seen enough and skipped the rest and headed down to the excellent coffee shop for our included hot drink -we decided the included plain scone wasn't enough and had the full monty scone with jam and cream which we paid full price for. It was gorgeous. They were also doing a brisk trade in full hot meals and everything looked delicious. We returned the mobility scooter without any waiting or delay and headed back to our hotel -promising ourselves we would return sometime to see the rest of the exhibition.
Summary: I'd recommend the Titanic Exhibition to anyone visiting Belfast-it'sunique and brilliantly presented
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