TITANIC: The Artefact Exhibition will open tomorrow at Melbourne Museum in an Australian exclusive that is set to attract thousands of visitors.
Running until 14 April 2024, the exhibition features more than 200 artefacts salvaged from the sea floor alongside recreated ship interiors including the Grand Staircase, First Class Parlour Suite and Verandah Café.
The exhibition has been seen by more than 30 million people worldwide, coming to Melbourne off the back of a sold-out season in Paris. Its 2010 run in Melbourne previously attracted more than 465,000 attendees.
“We’re proud to support TITANIC: The Artefact Exhibition through Visit Victoria and look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors over summer and the school holidays,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Eventsm Steve Dimopoulos.
“This globally renowned exhibition will captivate audiences with authentic artefacts and personal stories from the Titanic, which continues to capture hearts and minds more than 100 after years its tragic end.”
These stories include Australians such as stewardess Evelyn Marsden, who helped row her lifeboat to safety and engineer Arthur McRae, whose legacy lives on through a Mornington Peninsula suburb named in his honour.
The artefacts – which include an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage, luggage, china, jewellery, and a window frame from the Verandah Cafe – were recovered from four kilometres below the surface of the North Atlantic Sea by RMS Titanic, Inc. the only company authorised to recover artefacts from the site.
All exhibition visitors will receive a boarding pass to step on board where they’ll discover a touchable iceberg that mimics the night’s water temperature, dig through artefacts and hear personal stories of the ship’s passengers and crew.
Each element of the exhibit will take visitors on a journey through the events that unfolded on the night.