With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking just around the corner there is a world wide interest in the ship and her history. You can visit websites just like ours without leaving the comfort of your armchair and learn a wide range of Titanic facts but there's nothing better than seeing some of the Titanic artifacts close-up with your own eyes and experiencing her beauty.
To that end, we've put together a list of the biggest and most popular Titanic museums you might like to visit this coming April, this list includes museums based inside the USA and the United Kingdom.
UK/Ireland Based Titanic Museums/Attractions
The Belfast Titanic Museum
Belfast has just recently seen the completion of the brand new Titanic Quarter in time for the centenary of the Titanic sinking. This massive attraction has been built in the heart of the location of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.
Belfast city has been named as one of the top 20 travel destinations in the world this year, owing to the fact that it's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The state-of-the-art attraction is the complete visitor experience and tells the story of the Titanic in an interactive and fun way from conception and design, right through to her sinking on April 15th 1912. The exhibition spreads across 10 galleries in total and brings the history of the Titanic to life with interactive experiences of the ship and the wreck.
The clad metal visitor centre spans 6 floors above slipway number 2 of Queen's Island, just next to the old Harland and Wolff head quarters, the place where Titanic was constructed, towering over the city of Belfast for almost 3 years. The shape of this immense triple building and size of the structure have been designed to convey the size and the beauty of the Titanic, providing visitors with an experience they will never forget.
The exhibition will be open from April 2012, the costs and opening times can be found on the Titanic Belfast website.
The Southampton Titanic Museum
Southampton was a key location in the Titanic story since it's the port from which Titanic set off on her maiden voyage, a voyage which was also set to be her last before she hit an iceberg and sank.
The Southampton Titanic museum has been created as part of a £15million project to preserve the memory and artefact's of Titanic. The exhibition is due to open in April of this year in the location of the former magistrates court and will provide a detailed look into the history of Titanic and her less well known sister ships, RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic.
More information about the attraction can be found of the Sea City Museum website.
The Liverpool Maritime Museum
Often people ask what Liverpool had to do with the Titanic, after all Titanic was built in Belfast and launched in Southampton, however her registered port was the port of Liverpool.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum will open a very special exhibition within it's building on March 30th this year to tell the story of the Titanic.
US Based Titanic Museums/Attractions
Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge
The Titanic Museum at Pigeon Forge covers pretty much everything you need to know about Titanic, it offers a vast array of artifacts including life size replicas of parts of the ship and actual items recovered from the wreck of Titanic. The most notable items include replicas of the Titanic decks, lifeboats and icey water which the passengers would have been subject to.
This exhibition allows visitors the opportunity to emerse themselves in the history of Titanic, learning everything to do with the conception, construction and sinking of the Titanic, as well as the discovery of the Titanic wreck.
Visit the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge website to find out more about this exhibition.
Titanic Experience Orlando
The Titanic experience within Orlando Florida offers a wide range of artifacts and information on the history of the Titanic, her sinking and her wreckage. The exhibition is spread over a 20,000 sq ft building which houses many real artifacts from the Titanic wreck as well as life-size re-creations such as the grand staircase. Whilst visiting the exhibition you can also have the opportunity to view one of the largest pieces of the wreck ever recovered from Titanic which has been named the "little big piece".
This Titanic exhibition is bought to life with the addition of real actors and characters in costumes who wonder around the exhibition answering any questions you may have.
Visit the Titanic Experience website to find out more about opening times and prices.
Titanic Museum Branson
The Titanic Mseum at Branson is probably one of the best and most popular museums you'll find for the Titanic and it even has it's own two story replica of the RMS Titanic.
John Josyln is the owner of the Titanic Museum Branson Missouri, his inspiration for creating the museum came from his 6 million dollar expedition to the site of the Titanic, during which time he undertook multiple dives to the shipwreck. Many of the photos and video footage taken by Josyln became the inspiration for many Titanic documentaries and videos.
The Titanic Museum at Branson MO consists of artifacts, videos, photos and real replicas of Titanic items including that of the grand staircase, walk able decks and lifeboats, all contained within the two story replica of this immense ship.
Find out more about the Titanic exhibition, times and prices on the Titanic Branson website.
Have you visited any of the above? Have you got any additional suggestions, if so then let us know by commenting below.