The fact that the Titanic sunk, makes it more famous that it could have ever been if it would still exist today. Its fame generated many awards for movies and not to talk about the amounts of money, especially for those who speculated even a small opportunity of producing money from something related to Titanic.
As a perfect example of that comes the Titanic Museum at Branson, Missouri, which is a two story museum dedicated to and shaped like the RMS Titanic itself.
Inside the museum there is a half-scale replica of the front half of the ship anchored in a pool of water in order to create the illusion of Titanic at sea.
A stucco iceberg that is stiffened into the side of Titanic acts as an entrance. As you step the threshold of the museum you’ll be able to see more replicas, such as the Grand Staircase, the Dining Hall, Firs Class and Third Class cabins, the bridge and about 400 artifacts belonging to the wreck that can be seen in 20 different rooms.
Visitors can also enjoy interactive exhibits, such as a touchable iceberg, the Captain’s bridge, the Telegraph room from where can be sent SOS messages and many actors who are dressed as the crew.
At the entrance, you will receive a ticket with the name of one of the actual passengers that travelled on the ship. You won’t know if you lived or died until the end of the self-guided tour when you reach the Memorial Wall where are listed all the names of the 2,208 passenger and their stories.
A pretty impressive highlight of the Branson Missouri Titanic Museum is the full-scale replica of the Grand Staircase that you will ascend to reach the First Class. Downstairs are found the Third Class cabins and an engine room boiler.
In the Sinking Room you will have the chance of sitting in a lifeboat and immersing a finger into a bowl of salt water at a chilling 28 degree and time your endurance with a clock, which will help you understand why almost everyone in the water quickly succumbed.
Towards the exit there is a gift shop with souvenirs and oddities such as luggage tags labeled “Titanic”.