Tropicana in A.C. hosts Titanic exhibit

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The world's largest display of artifacts salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic is on exhibit at the Tropicana Casino and Resort here through Sept. 7. "Titanic: The Experience" features exhibits that place articles from the luxury liner in context to convey the experience of being aboard the ship. The exhibit also includes details about the ship's construction, preparation for sailing and launch.

A bronze cherub.A major part of the display is known as "the big piece" -- a 20-ton, 26-by-20-foot section of the Titanic's outer hull, which was recovered during RMS Titanic's August 1998 expedition to the shipwreck site. "The big piece" is immersed in water during the display because conservation work on it is still in progress.

Other articles on exhibit will include the bronze cherub from the ship's grand staircase; the ship's main whistles; a porthole with glass thought to have come from the ship's first class dining room, and the ship's navigational bridge telegraph, which officers used to communicate the vessel's speed to the engine room.

Also on display: a 1,000-pound davit from which a lifeboat was lowered; a gilt chandelier; a passenger's suit; a pair of eyeglasses in their case; a corked champagne bottle; an unopened bottle of olives; sheet music and a music stand; the ship purser's valise; a steward's jacket; silver dinnerware; fine china; gold coins; jewelry, and papers, such as a stock certificate and personal letters.

Buttons from the uniform of a Titanic crew member.Other features of the exhibit are a 30-foot-long model of the Titanic wreck, an 18-foot model of the ship as it looked when it set sail and a display of the deep-sea equipment used in the recovery of the artifacts.

The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $13.95 for adults, $12.95 for senior citizens and $6.95 for children ages 5 to 11. Admission is free for children under the age of 5. Discounts are available for school and camp groups as well as other group sales. Tickets for specific dates and times can be purchased in advance.

Tropicana Box Office
Phone: (609) 340-4020

Ticketmaster
Phone: (800) 736-1420

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