Among the pantheon of attractions in Pigeon Forge, the Titanic Museum serves as something of a double oddity because not only does it seem to really stick out as a subject and theme (the most famous ship disaster up in the Smoky Mountains) but also because the museum is one of the classiest things we’ve seen built in the Tennessee Smokies. These two elements, among many others, are what has made the Titanic Museum a huge hit and guarantees its stay and influence here for some time to come!
The museum is built to half-scale the size of the original RMS Titanic, which means you could spend a couple hours or more checking out the many, many exhibits alone across a museum spread of 30,000 square feet. Visitors are issued a boarding pass at the start of the tour that has the name and story of one of the 2,208 real passengers from the original event to help bring the visitor deeper into the experience. Audio tours are available with adult and child versions of narration and also includes interviews with those who survived.
Many of the items on display are authentic artifacts that belonged to survivors or were recovered from the icy waters of the sinking. These artifacts include:
* Photography of life aboard the Titanic.
* A telegraph.
* Original luggage.
* Clothing worn by passengers and crew.
* Ship furniture.
* Books and a family bible.
And, naturally, many more.
The touring of the ship is set up in compartments emulating the compartments of the ship, and you get to see a flooded stairway simulator emulating the waters coming into the ship during its sinking, the third-class cabin, the first-class cabin, the captain’s bridge where you can steer the ship and touch the 28-degree icy water, the grand staircase and, of course, much more to add up to an amazingly detailed museum for all ages to enjoy.
That’s not even the end of what Titanic Pigeon Forge offers either – the museum now makes up a large percentage of special events for the city of Pigeon Forge ranging from rare items like the Hartley Violin, the Molly Brown gallery and meeting known characters (as portrayed by professional actors) from the Titanic story to celebrating Irish culture for a month, having fireworks, tea parties and many more culturally enriching activities for guests.
The Titanic is a bit more expensive than some other attractions in town, but you’ll quickly see every penny of the price is worth it. See more on the Titanic Museum at www.titanicpigeonforge.com.