Wednesday, September 20, 2000

'Titanic' exhibit looms

Museum to display artifacts

By Margaret A. McGurk
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hundreds of ghostly souvenirs dredged from the ocean-floor grave of the RMS Titanic will go on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center Nov. 24 through March 9.

[photo] The grand staircase of the Titanic is represented in this display from the exhibit coming to the Museum Center at Union Terminal on Nov. 24.
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        “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” has drawn millions to museums in Zurich, Switzerland; Tokyo; Hamburg, Ger many; Toronto; Boston; and Atlantic City, N.J.

        It's currently on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, where more than 800,000 visitors have seen it since February.

        The exhibit is owned by RMS Titanic Inc., the firm that, in a controversial 1994 court decision, won exclusive salvage rights to the wreck. The company has recovered nearly 5,000 items from the floor of the North Atlantic.

        In addition to clothing, jewelry, dishes, tools and a large piece of the ship's hull, the exhibit will include inter active attractions. Among them is an artificial iceberg, in which visitors can dip their hands into water chilled to the same temperature as the ocean on April 15, 1912, when the Titanic sank with 1,522 passengers and crew still aboard.

        During the exhibition, the museum's Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater will present Titanica, a big-screen documentary about the search for the ship and recovery of its artifacts.

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