Published on December 18th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
Blockbuster TITANIC: The Artefact Exhibition sails into Melbourne Museum – now open for summer
The Grand Staircase in Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photo by Tim Carrafa. Source: Museums Victoria
The highly anticipated global blockbuster TITANIC: The Artefact Exhibition opens at Melbourne Museum today, showcasing over 200 original objects recovered from the wreck site of the ill-fated luxury steamship.
Viewed by more than 30 million people worldwide, TITANIC: The Artefact Exhibition offers moving insight into the human side of the tragedy through the personal stories of passengers and crew who unknowingly set off on a journey on April 14, 1912 that would end in disaster.
These stories include Australians like stewardess Evelyn Marsden, who defied social norms and helped row her lifeboat to safety – a skill she picked up in her youth on the Murray River – and engineer Arthur McRae, whose grandparents settled on the Mornington Peninsula where their legacy lives on in a suburb named in their honour.
The artefacts – which include an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage, luggage, china, a filigree ring with diamonds, and a window frame from the Verandah Cafe – were recovered from four kilometres below the surface of the North Atlantic by RMS Titanic, Inc. the only company authorised to recover artefacts from the site.
With their boarding pass in hand, visitors will step through meticulously recreated ship interiors – including the Grand Staircase, First Class Parlour Suite, and Verandah Café – touch an iceberg to help them understand how cold the water was that fateful night, taking them on a compelling and visceral journey through the events that led to the sinking of the Ship of dreams.
Captivating hearts and minds more than a century later, TITANIC: The Artefact Exhibition will intrigue and educate visitors of all ages in its blockbuster season at Melbourne Museum until 14 April 2024.
For more information and to book tickets go to: Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition – Melbourne Museum (museumsvictoria.com.au)
Programming and Events:
Titanic After Dark
There are several opportunities for late-night access to Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition:
- Nocturnal: Thursday 8 February, Thursday 14 March and Thursday 11 April. Tickets available here.
- Museum Lates: All ages after-hours exhibition viewing 11 January 2024 & 18 January 2024, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Complete the package and book a screening of James Cameron’s Titanic at IMAX, bookings here
Titanic High Tea
Experience a taste of the Titanic through a unique high tea menu inspired by the rich history of the world’s most legendary ship. Enjoy a tiered selection of freshly made sweet and savoury delights before embarking on a journey through the historic Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition. Until Sunday 14 April, 10.30-3pm (final table bookings at 1pm). Bookings here.