From the moment you walk in the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, you are transported back in time 102 years, with real artifacts from the famous ship, Titanic.
"This is a big step up for us, obviously to have an exhibit of this size and impact in the down of West Palm Beach and our immediate area, that's huge for us," said museum CEO Lew Crampton.
The exhibit tells the human side of the story, with tales from passengers and personal artifacts.
Students from around the county got a sneak peak at the exhibit Friday, thanks to three winners of an essay contest.
Mikael Salatino was one of those essay winners and he saw firsthand what it was like aboard the ill-fated ship. "I think the coolest part is if you go farther into the exhibit they have an iPad that shows the Titanic under water, like a 360 view of it and I thought it was pretty interesting."
The Titanic hit an iceberg in the frigid north Atlantic… and to help you feel how cold it is, they've made their own iceberg that you can reach up and touch.
This exhibit has been seen by 20 million people in many big cities across the country.
Crampton says, "We were very fortunate to have a contribution or a grant from the Quantum Foundation which has allowed us to make this exhibit available at an affordable cost."
Salatino says he's learned a lot from the exhibit. "I never knew much about the Titanic other than it hit an iceberg and it sank and I really didn't realize that there's so many more aspects to it."
The exhibit is on display November 16, 2013 through April 20, 2014. For more information visit the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium web page.
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