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article imageSan Diego museum set to openTitanic exhibit in centenntial year

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 9, 2012 in World
The San Diego Natural History museum is set to open an R.M.S. Titanic exhibit Feb. 10, the first of its kind in the California city. The exhibit comes in the 100th year anniversary of the sinking and features artifacts along with an education component.
"You'll learn about the choices that people make, about man's technology and how it can fail, about Mother Nature," curator of the exhibit, Alexandra Klingelhofer said. "There are so many stories to tell."
Visitors get feel of R.M.S. Titanic
Klingelhofer talked about 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit' with San Diego 10 News in the week before the opening, telling the TV news channel the exhibit would give visitors a sense of the ship and era and what it was like to be on the doomed voyage. Upon entry everyone will be given a ticket with the name of an actual passenger from the ship and only upon their exit will they discover if that person survived the sinking.
The website for the exhibit says the galleries "focus on the legendary Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor and extensive room re-creations." The exhibit includes "china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, even pieces of the Ship itself" taken from the ocean floor in one of the expeditions by R.M.S. Titanic Inc..
100 Years: 1912 to 2012
The ocean liner sunk in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg with a loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. To commemorate the centennial of her sinking there are exhibits and celebrations in the Ireland, the U.K., Canada and other parts of the United States. In Belfast, where she was built, the new Titanic Museum is scheduled to open in March, complete with a building designed to replicate the ship.
That museum is part of what's called 'Belfast's Titanic Signature Project' and includes photos taken by Robert Ballard, who lead an expedition back to the ship in 2011 to supply the new pictures. There will be dozens of special events in Belfast throughout 2012.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit runs at the San Diego Natural History museum from Feb. 10 through Sept. 9, 2012.
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