Ship-Shaped Building Will Display More Than 400 Artifacts
This Summer, an enchanting, one of a kind, 17,000 square foot, ship-shaped attraction will open in Branson, Missouri. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Titanic: The Legend ContinuesÃ¢â‚¬Â will house hundreds of never before seen artifacts and will allow visitors to truly Ã¢â‚¬Å“experienceÃ¢â‚¬Â the Titanic.
Located on the corner of highways 76 and 165 in Branson, the forecastle of the ship will rise almost 50 ft. above the ground, with smokestacks reaching 75 feet. Additionally, an Ã¢â‚¬Å“icebergÃ¢â‚¬Â will be positioned at the point where it actually hit the Titanic.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For ten years IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been waiting to bring this exhibit to Branson,Ã¢â‚¬Â said John Joslyn, president of Cedar Bay Amusements, owner of this new attraction. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was waiting for the perfect location and the availability of a top-notch designer and I finally found them both.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Designing the building faÃƒÂ§ade as a scaled replica of the Titanic hull will offer visitors a whole new context for viewing the ship,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bob Fleming, principal of Idletime Network, designers of the project. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a challenge, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re thrilled with the end result and believe that this one-of-a-kind attraction will offer a fascinating and authentic experience, that is entertaining and educational for all age groups.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To immerse each visitor in Titanic, guest tickets will include the name of a passenger, allowing the visitor to
follow the destiny of the passenger throughout the exhibit. Visitors will be able to walk through full re-creations of popular areas including the Grand Staircase, the Bridge, the Marconi radio room, Verandah CafÃƒÂ© and the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boiler
A number of hands-on activities will be available for the younger ages including an actual iceberg and an interactive area allowing them to send SOS telegrams and to steer the ship around the fateful iceberg. Movie memorabilia from the numerous films about the tragedy, including James CameronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1997 Oscar winner Ã¢â‚¬Å“TitanicÃ¢â‚¬Â will also be on display.
One highlight among the artifacts is a rare original menu, valued at $100,000. Another is an exclusive display of the only existing photographic documentation of life on the Titanic under sail, taken by first class passenger and Jesuit Priest Father Francis Browne. Some 400 artifacts will be on exhibit throughout the attraction. Many personal items recovered at the time of the disaster including photos, authentic artifacts used by passengers or purchased on board Titanic, as well as items passed down to generations by surviving and/or related family members or friends will be on display. Additional artifacts will include deck chairs, jewelry, dinnerware, lifejackets, menus and personal letters.
A memorial wall etched with the names of all passengers and crew who were aboard the ship will be part of the presentation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Titanic: the Legend ContinuesÃ¢â‚¬Â will be an experience to remember.
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Contacts: Mary Kellogg Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Media
Kristy Merritt Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Sales
Paul Burns, Vice President, General Manager
(417)334-9500 or (800) 381-7670
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