Monday, March 19, 2012

Titanic @ Arts Science Museum

Had a blast at Arts and Science Museum yesterday! I went for the Titanic 100th Anniversary exhibition and unlike most of the mediocre exhibitions I had been to, this is so much better. Honestly, if I were to rate out of ten , I would give it a 7. 3 because it has allowance for better improvement.

It was $20 just for the Titanic exhibition but if you want to watch the movie: Ghost of Abyss , you can get the whole package for $25! Plus, they will give you a little badge that states: White Line Star . But this pricing is only applicable to locals, if you are a tourist, you be charge at a higher rate, perhaps $5 more? 

I have been to so many times to the museum, mostly at National Museum because as a student you get to go in for FREE! Yea~ I am a cheapo. But this visit far outcry any of the exhibition I've gone to, or maybe because I haven't been to a major grand one. 

The exhibition: We watched the hour long movie first before entering the exhibition. It shows about this crew going underwater to the sunken site and explains parts of the ship where they been to. Rather than a movie, it should be considered as a documentary except that it has some elements of humour. 

You can find similar videos, of water footage at youtube too.

After the movie  documentary, we proceeded to visit the exhibition. At first it was like any ordinary display of some facts and artifacts, but then came the part where we "board" the ship and straight into the first class cabin. It was really luxurious! Even though the passageway was merely a  1-2 metres long, the lightnings and the display enhanced the experience as though we were really in Titanic, first class cabin!

After the passageway, we were led to other displays of artifacts and more mimics of bedrooms and bars were put up.

Posters were put up to explain the interior designs of first-class cabins and all the privileges that they were entitled to. More fascinating is that they put up prices of how much each class ticket is worth. The first class was 4k~ at that point which is equivalent to 100k in modern times. 2,500 for second class and 900 for third class which is about 1000 in modern times. What wide difference there is.

And then came the place where everyone was looking forward to ...


Unfortunately, photos weren't allowed and if you want , you can ask the photography (Museum's crew) to help you take one and you purchase at the counter. Tsk, what money making schemes they have!

After that we entered the third class cabins! Not as glamours as the first class but still very classy.

This is their bedroom and according to the posters, it was said that the third class was so much more comfortable than the rivalry ocean liners. 

In the boiler section, they show huge displays of how it really looks like in reality and the whole setting gave the fiery hot ambiance and these makes you wonder how do the workers stand such condition? The real setting is not really like this photo above but just a glimpse of how it kind of looks like. 

Here comes the another beautiful remake of the titanic set: Promenade Deck.

It was another beautiful remake besides the grand stairs. I don't know why people didn't mention this but it was really nice! Perhaps, the were all drawn in to the Grand stairs because of the Titanic movie and led them to ignore other picturesque view. 

 Frankly, I haven't been to a cruise before so I don't know how it looks like in real life but Sandra who went on once, said it was an exact replica. There were "stars" and a romantic breezy atmosphere was created.

After all these romantic beautiful scenery and description of design and interior of Titianc, we have finally come to the part where it sinks.

Reading all those testimonies from survivors makes you imagine how dreadful that night was, with all those screaming and the dilemma to help them or not. 

Then is this iceberg where can touch to feel how cold it was. Personally, a cool room should be instilled to give us the feeling how cold it was that night because although by touching the iceberg you can sort of "feel" the coldness, it was only your hand that experience the temperature. And no sooner, the feeling is gone!  At least with a cooler room, your whole body is immersed in that cold temperature therefore you can really really experience how cool it was. 

This iceberg is colder than a normal ice cube.

 And then, we are in the end of our tour. I actually did miss out certain parts of the exhibition. 

So did I entice you to visit Titanic?

 If I do get up your butt there right now!

If I didn't, then smack yourself and go down to the museum! 

A little something for you to chew on!

note: Some of the notes weren't mine, if they are yours and you want them to be removed by all means contact me and I will jolly do it.

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