If you think you know everything about the ill-fated ship RMS Titanic just because you’ve seen James Cameron’s 1997 epic film of the same name, we have to disagree with you.
The blockbuster does indeed highlight some of legendary passenger liner’s most memorable aspects—including its level of opulence in the early 1900s and dramatic plummet into the Atlantic Ocean—but hundreds of passenger stories have never been told.
106 years later, some of the ship’s artifacts have made its way to Metro Vancouver, giving those in the city a chance to delve into the fascinating history of the renowned disaster and its non-fiction tales.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opens tomorrow (June 23) at Lipont Place (4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond) and runs through January 11, 2019. Produced by Premier Exhibitions (headquartered in Vancouver), this attraction has travelled to many international cities like Las Vegas, Paris, London, Melbourne, and Guangzhou.
You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time to 1912, when the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Visitors will receive a replica of the ship’s actual boarding pass, and proceed to roam through the chronological exhibition that highlights everything from the ship’s construction phase to passenger life on board, and the collision with the iceberg to the rescue efforts.
More than 120 artifacts are featured inside the space, which tell emotion-evoking passenger stories. Besides the haunting objects, first-class and third-class cabin re-creations, a replica of the liner’s grand staircase, and an interactive iceberg make this exhibition an immersive experience.
“Titanic is one of the most legendary tales of our time and we are thrilled to bring this remarkable exhibition to our hometown in Vancouver,” Daoping Bao, executive chairman, president and CEO of Premier Exhibitions, said in a press statement. “[Visitors] will learn countless human stories of heroism and humanity that pay honour to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.”
Tickets ($13.95 to $17.95 plus taxes; free for children under five) to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition can be purchased online and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Scroll through the photos below for a sneak peek inside the intriguing exhibition.