On April 15 1912, the Titanic, the world’s largest ship at the time, sank in the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg. More than 1500 lives were lost and the tragedy subsequently altered the world’s confidence in modern technology. More than a century later, for the very first time, South Africans will be brought closer to the events of that fateful night on the (in)famous vessel in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, showing at The Zone at Rosebank until November 8.
The Exhibition puts on display authentic artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the famous ship. Delicate perfume vials, the porcelain dinner service carrying the White Star Line logo, personal belongings and many more items recreate a lost era and celebrate and remember all whose lives were lost or changed forever by one of the biggest maritime disasters in modern history.
Visitors will discover the stories of the South Africans on board the Titanic, learn about passengers and crew, admire a recreated iceberg installed in the exhibition and come closer to the events of that fatal night. Upon entering Exhibition, visitors will be drawn back in time to April 1912, when the Ship embarked on its maiden voyage. They’ll receive a replica boarding pass, assume the role of a passenger and follow a chronological journey through life on Titanic – from the Ship’s construction to life on board, the famous sinking, and the modern day efforts to recover and conserve the wreckage for future generations. The Exhibition has been designed with a focus on the RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories.
* Kids under age of four enter for free. The display opens at 9am daily.