Ninety-seven years after embarking on its maiden voyage, RMS Titanic has finally arrived at its original destination: New York City. Or, more specifically, Times Square and the brand-new Discovery Times Square Exposition, home to limited-run, dynamic educational and entertaining exhibit experiences that explore some of the world’s defining cultures, art, artifacts and events.
The blockbuster Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition, seen by more than 22 million people worldwide, takes you on a journey back in time to relive the powerful story of Titanic’s fateful voyage. Begin your chronological journey through the life of Titanic by first assuming the identity of a real Titanic passenger, then move through a series of dramatic galleries including the Ship’s construction, life on board, and the ill-fated night of the sinking, as well as recent artifact rescue efforts. You’ll marvel at the re-created first- and third-class cabins and the Grand Staircase, and press your palms against an iceberg while learning countless stories of heroism and humanity. The exhibition connects you with the Ship’s passengers and crew through personal stories and the largest collection of Titanic artifacts, many on display for the first time after being recovered from the ocean floor, 12,500 feet below the ocean’s surface. Premier Exhibitions, Inc., the parent company of RMS Titanic, Inc., is the developer and organizer of the exhibition, and is the only entity with salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck site of Titanic.
Tickets are available for $17.50 (child 4-12), $19.50 (adult), and $18.50 (senior or 65+). Group tickets are also available by calling 866-9-NYCTIX (866-692-2849). TSX is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.
Titanic Facts and Figures
• A first-class ticket for a Titanic parlor suite started at $4,350, which would be approximately $50,000 today. The most expensive rooms were more than $80,000 in today’s currency.
• A third-class ticket at Titanic cost $35, which is approximately $620 in today’s currency. Up to 10 people resided in third-class rooms. The rooms were divided by male and female often times splitting families.
• First-class passengers had the luxury of paying for their leisure while on board: a ticket to the swimming pool cost 25¢, while a ticket for the squash court (as well as the services of a professional player) cost 50¢.
• Sixty chefs and chefs’ assistants worked in the Titanic’s five kitchens. They ranged from soup and roast cooks to pastry chefs and vegetable cooks. There was a kosher cook, too, to prepare the meals for the Jewish passengers.
• Titanic had its own newspaper, the Atlantic Daily Bulletin, prepared aboard the ship. In addition to news articles and advertisements, it contained a daily menu, the latest stock prices, horse-racing results, and society gossip.
• There were only two bathtubs for the more than 700 third-class passengers aboard the Ship.
• The forward part of the boat deck was promenade space for first-class passengers and the rear part for second-class passengers. People from these classes thus had the best chance of getting into a lifeboat simply because they could get to them quickly and easily.
• Even if all 20 lifeboats had been filled to capacity, there would only have been room in them for 1,178 people.
• At first most of the passengers did not believe Titanic was really sinking, hence the low number of 19 aboard the first lifeboat, even though it could carry 65.
• Titanic was one of the first ships in distress to send out an “SOS” signal; the radio officer used “SOS” after using the traditional code of “CQD” followed by the ship’s call letters.
• Dorothy Gibson, a 28-year-old silent screen actress, was the resident movie star for Titanic. She would later star in Saved from the Titanic, a movie made one month after the disaster. Her costume was the dress she wore on the night of the sinking.
• Tennis player R. Norris Williams and his father, Charles D., felt it was too cold to remain out on deck as the ship went down, so they went into the gym to ride the exercise bikes.
• In the 1898 novel Futility, 14 years before the sinking of Titanic, Morgan Robertson penned a fictitious tale about a ship named Titan, which collide with an iceberg. Some of the uncanny similarities between the book and the Titanic disaster include the month (April), the length of the ship (Titanic 882.5 feet; Titan 800 feet), and the number of passengers on board (Titanic 2,200; Titan 2000).