Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri, offers guests something new at every turn, every season. This March, Fabled Fairies found in Irish folklore take up residence in Titanic. Their charmed cottages pay tribute to the 187 Irish on board RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic.
“While the wee builders remain invisible to humans, proof of their presence can be clearly seen in the enchanting, whimsical dwellings they’ve planted throughout the ship. No two are alike, each has their own name and unique features. However, the ones with realistic architectural elements still stand with one foot in reality and the other in a fairytale,” says Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, President/CCO and co-owner of Titanic.
(The cottages are only visible in March. You know how fairies can be.)
Titanic was built in Ireland, at Harland & Wolff’s Queen’s Island North Shipyard in Belfast. One of Titanic Branson’s more than 20 unique galleries features wall-size photos of the Harland & Wolff offices, the shipyard and varying stages of construction. You even hear clanking construction sounds. One of the artifacts in this gallery is the original sign from a pub where some gathered at the end of their day. It is just one of more than 400 artifacts on display at Titanic Branson.
February is Sweetheart Month at Titanic Branson. Private events there include weddings and vow renewals. There’s a fabulous gift shop where you can find “something for everyone,” whether you’re shopping for a Valentine’s gift, birthday gift, Christmas (thinking ahead!), or a treasure for yourself.
Each gallery at Titanic is different — different subjects, different construction, different moods. And there is always something new … new artifacts, limited-time exhibitions, new galleries. The full-scale replicas of a First Class Cabin and a Third Class Cabin are amazing.
The Musicians Gallery is a fascinating tribute to the eight musicians aboard. The band was actually two groups, a trio and a quintet. The eight musicians had never played together until the night the ship was sinking.
In the Interactive Gallery, you can sit in a full-size lifeboat or try to climb the steep inclines, set up to demonstrate how Titanic listed as she sank. Titanic collided with the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. At 1:50 a.m., she was sloping 12 degrees. By 2:18 a.m., the angle was 45 degrees. The “lights blinked once and went out.”
AY President/Publisher Heather Baker visited Titanic Branson during the Christmas season and was delighted and amazed at the gorgeous Christmas decorations. It takes a 20-member crew two full weeks to decorate the ship in lavish Edwardian style — a full day just for the full-size Grand Staircase. How about putting Christmas at Titanic Branson on your Christmas list!
But for right now, make your plans to see the Fairy Cottages. Truth be told, the Fairies had a wee bit of help designing and building their cottages. Jeanne Waters-Hill, founder of Touchè, preeminent Missouri Design Studio, was the “designated mortal designer of the mythological Titanic cottages.” Waters-Hill says, “All in all, it took about 50 to 60 hours to build one cottage from development, construction, to installation.” The results are charming and entertaining, a delightful way to honor the Irish on board the Titanic.
Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson opens at 9 a.m. daily. Advanced reservations are required (800-381-7670). You can also make reservations and get more information about Titanic Branson, special events, etc. by visiting titanicbranson.com.