Now on view through Jan. 7, 2018, Titanic at the Reagan Library is a fascinating look at the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic, combining real artifacts with the true stories of the people on board the ill-fated ship. This new exhibit tells the story of the "unsinkable" ship in a way no museum has done before. Artifacts from passengers, dispersed over time, will be reunited in this exhibit for the first time in over 100 years.
The first exhibition of its kind, the 10,000 square foot exhibit features hundreds of Titanic artifacts that have not been together since the ship’s fateful night in April 1912, with material and artifacts from the 1984-85 discovery of the Titanic as well as items from the Oscar-winning 1997 movie.
Discovered in 1985 during President Ronald Reagan’s administration, the Titanic quickly became a dive site for many different companies and explorers trying to get a piece of her history. To protect the historic site and preserve it for generations, President Reagan issued the 1986 RMS Titanic Memorial Act to designate the wreck as an international maritime memorial.
None of the artifacts displayed in this exhibition were salvaged from the wreck itself, which is regarded as a sacred final resting place.
- “Alvin” – the titanium submersible sphere that brought Dr. Bob Ballard down to the wreckage of the Titanic; the first such submersible to do so
- Sheet music for “Narcissus” which was found on the body of Wallace Hartley, the Titanic’s bandleader who refused to stop playing, even as the ship began to sink
- A deck chair from the Titanic, one of only eight known to exist, as well as the only known “widow’s seat” deck chair from the Carpathia
- The only known complete set of boarding documents and tickets from the Titanic
- John Jacob Astor IV’s pocket watch, found on his body days after the Titanic sank, and his wife’s life vest she wore to her safety
- The claim form from Margaret Brown (aka “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”) and the Egyptian Talisman she carried off the ship Marion Wright Woolcott’s wool coat; the one she wore when she escaped in lifeboat 9, then later wore to her wedding; then later cut strips of fabric from to make Bible covers for her three sons as they served overseas
- Pocket watch and pocket knife recovered from the body of Oscar Woody, one of the five mail clerks onboard the Titanic
- Original film footage of the Titanic’s maiden voyage and the Mackay-Bennett’s recovery mission
- Movie sets, props and costumes from the blockbuster movie about the Titanic, including a full-size lifeboat and Rose and Cal’s Suite
- And much more!
This is not a traveling exhibition. To see the story of the Titanic told in such a unique way, visitors must come to the Reagan Library. Whether you are a fan of genuine history or larger-than-life Hollywood, this is truly an once-in-a-lifetime exhibition that sheds light on the Titanic in a first-ever way no museum has attempted before!
Titanic at the Reagan Library is now on view through Jan. 7, 2018. Tickets for Titanic are now on sale at the Reagan Library website:
- $29 – General
- $26 – Seniors
- $19 – Kids 11-17
- $16 – Kids 3-10
- $13 – Members
Tour groups of 25 or more people receive $5 off admission.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week.* Closed only on New Year´s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
*The Reagan Library closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
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Simi Valley, CA 93065