For those who have not gone for the Titanic Exhibition, you should mark it on your calendars as an “Exhibition to visit” before it ends in April.
Earlier this year, the hubby and I went for the Titanic Artifact Exhibition, held at the Art Science Museum at the Marina Bay Sands. We are not particularly huge fans of the movie Titantic, but since the exhibition has made it’s Southeast Asia debut in Singapore, we definitely didn’t want to miss it.
We were transported back to history as we stepped inside the exhibition. The first part of the exhibition gives a glimpse of how history was created with the conceptualizing and construction of the Titanic.
The beauty of the Titanic exhibition lies in the documented tales of the passengers who were on board. To make it more personal, we were given boarding passes bearing names of actual passengers and how they came to board the Titanic. You can also try spotting their names along the exhibition.
As we moved along, there were recreations of the cabins where you can see the disparity of those in the First Class with their luxurious furniture to those in the Third Class with their bare bunk beds. The elegant Grand Staircase is another highlight, as it’s the exact replica and reconstruction of the real one on Titanic. This will be a great photo opportunity as photography inside the exhibition is prohibited.
The exhibition also features artifacts that were rescued from the bottom of the sea, some of which which has never been showcased before. Each item immerses you into the lives of the travelers and crew that sailed on the ship. They range from articles of clothing, jewellery, postcards, china wares from the liner and many other personal items. I was amazed at how well preserved these items were, despite being buried at the sea bed for so many years.
At the end of the exhibition, I left with a sense of sadness especially after I saw the countless lives that were lost on this “unsinkable” ship. The names on the Memorial Gallery were lives lost in this tragic accident and along with it their dreams and future and families.
As sad as it sounds, sometimes it takes a tragedy to stop us in our tracks to remind us of the vulnerability of life and how fleeting one’s life can be inspite of all the assurances we have in the world. I’m keeping this history lesson in mind and making a note to treasure all those beside me, especially those dear and near.
2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic. There are a couple of events leading to the anniversary. One of them is Titanic in 3D, so for all you movie bluffs who watched the movie over and over again, you can relive the magic of Jake and Rose in 3D in April.
Don’t miss your chance to catch history right at home, at the Marina Bay Sands. The exhibition started in Oct last year and will continue to run til 29 April 2012.