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Artifacts, Exhibits, and Memorials That Commemorate the RMS Titanic
Women's Titanic Memorial in Washington, DC

Women's Titanic Memorial in Washington, DC

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On her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean and sunk. The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most infamous events of the modern age - 1,514 of 2,227 passengers and crew perished when Titanic sank.

Following is information about these temporary exhibits for 2012 as well as details on permanent exhibits, museums, and memorials where you can learn more about the Titanic. For even more Titanic lore, check out the Encyclopedia Titanica.

New York City
New York City has at least three places where you can learn more about the Titanic. The Titanic Memorial Lighthouse is located in Lower Manhattan at the intersections of Pearl and Fulton Streets outside the South Street Seaport Museum, which now owns it. Dedicated on April 15, 1913, one year after the sinking, the lighthouse pays tribute to the passengers, crew, and officers who died.

Further north in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, is Straus Park, which contains a 1913 memorial to Ida Straus, wife of Isidor Straus, a U.S. Congressman. The memorial is dedicated in Ida's honor because she decided to stay with her husband rather than board a lifeboat to safety.

Finally, the Jane Hotel, once known as the American Seaman's Friend Society Sailors' Home and Institute. Surviving crew members of the Titanic were put up here after the tragedy.

Washington, DC
The National Museum of American History, a Smithsonian Institution Museum, contains several Titanic artifacts on permanent display across several of its exhibits. Some of the more poignant relics include photographs and a life vest.

Washington, DC, also has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Titanic disaster located in its southwest quadrant at 4th and P Streets. If you are familiar with the film Titanic, this statue's pose may look familiar to you (see photo above). The Women's Titanic Memorial in Washington Channel Park was erected in 1930.

Indian Orchard, Massachusetts
The nation's first Titanic Historical Society was established in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, in 1963. The small museum that has branched out of the historical society's collection of Titanic artifacts includes the life vest worn by John Jacob Astor, models of the ship and its rudder and propellers, and personal objects like clothing, coins, and letters.

Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri, is home to the Titanic Museum, which has a year-round interactive exhibit. Highlights of the museum include a $1 million replica of the boat's grand staircase, an 18-foot scale model of the White Star Line ship, and cabin replicas. The museum tried to make the visit educational for its guests by, for example, giving them the chance to experience a "sloping" deck as the ship sinks and also providing a passenger card that lets you follow the experience of a passenger through the tragedy to learn of his or her fate. But, some visitors may find these latter features a bit morbid.

Denver, Colorado
The Molly Brown House Museum in Denver is where you can learn about the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, the Titanic's most famous survivor. The museum is located within Brown's actual home and mostly contains exhibits about the woman, her life, and the Victorian era. For 2012, however, the Molly Brown house is offering thorough Titanic Tours.

Detroit, Michigan
The Henry Ford Museum just outside of the Detroit in Dearborn will have one of the largest exhibits of Titanic memorabilia on hand for the Titanic anniversary. Rare Titanic artifacts and an IMAX documentary are the highlights of "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," which runs until September 30, 2012.

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