Experience one of the most tragic events in history- the sinking of the Titanic. At Luxor Las Vegas, the Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition takes you back in time to April 10th, 1912 as the Titanic set sails.
Prior to your entrance, you will receive a Boarding Pass from White Star Line. This beautifully designed ticket is not only a neat souvenir, but it will determine your destiny on the Titanic. Flip over to the other side to find more information. You are given an identity at random of one of the actual passengers that were on-board. By the end of the exhibition, you will find out whether or not you (or the person on the ticket) have survived the disastrous event. This role-play creates an emotional attachment for visitors as they are able to connect with a specific passenger’s story.
Taking my boarding pass as an example:
My identity is Mrs. John Jacob Astor IV (Madeleine Talmage Force). I am 18 years old from New York, New York. I am in 1st-class, accompanied by my husband, a maid, a nurse, a manservant, and a dog. The reason I am traveling from Cherbourg to New York is because my husband and I have been on an extend honeymoon in Paris and Egypt, but I learned that I am expecting a child.
Passenger Fact: My wedding created quite a stir in New York’s elite social circle. At 18, I am one year younger than my husband’s eldest son.
Being pregnant and knowing that women, children, and first-class had priority to the lifeboats, I assumed that I (Madeleine Talmage Force) had a decent chance of survival. My friends that received identities of 3rd-class passengers knew right away that their chances were much slimmer. “I’m dead.” I remember one saying as he read his status on the boarding pass upon entrance. According to history.com,
“Passengers traveling first class on Titanic were roughly 44 percent more likely to survive than other passengers.”
The exhibition is 25,000 square-foot. You see replicas of rooms on the ship; note the difference of how glamorous the first-class suites are, and how crammed the 3rd-class rooms are with minimal space. What makes these rooms so remarkable is that the furnishings were purchased from original manufacturers. History and interesting facts fill the walls, and that is where I found a photo of my husband, John Jacob Astor IV, who I then realized was the wealthiest man in America at the time. The first-class tickets range from $170 to $4,350 (which is approximately $103,745 USD in today’s prices), second-class paid around $60, while the 3rd-class tickets cost $15-40.
Find displays of shoes, socks, china, unopened champagne, bags, floor titles, and much more recovered from the sunken ship two and a half miles deep in the North-Atlantic ocean. The largest artifact recovered from the Titanic is also found here, known as The Big Piece. It is the starboard side hull of the ship weighing 15 tons, and it is 26 by 12 feet in size.
The exhibit takes you through various settings at different stages of the incident. The timeline shows the happenings of the event in detail, and the sensual settings of the exhibition brings the Titanic experience to life with mesmerizing visuals. An example would be the the recreation of the deck with a starry sky, cool/breezy air, and the sound of waves.
At the very end of the exhibit, there is a display that lists deceased passengers and survivors. As to my assumption, I have survived the sinking of the Titanic. However, I was surprised to find out that my husband, being the wealthiest man on the ship, did not make it.
There is a no-photography policy to preserve artifacts, though photographers are present in specific areas to take photos for you. A photo can be purchased for $20 USD, if two or more photos are purchased the price is reduced to $15 each. The photo above was taken at the Grand Staircase, which was recreated to look as similar as the original as possible.
Location: Luxor, 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Author’s Notes: As a young girl that fell in love with the fictional story of Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, I was always drawn to the story of the Titanic. This exhibition was powerful and emotionally intriguing. It gave me the opportunity to not just learn about the history and facts, but to actually have an emotional connection- it took my experience to a whole new level. I really recommend this exhibit to all Titanic lovers out there. Going on a tight/rushed schedule effects the total experience, so make sure you give yourself enough time, and don’t bring friends that like to rush you through everything!