With many museums struggling through tough economic times, one of San Diego's premier museums could soon buck that trend with the help of a historic shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean.
The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most familiar historical moments of the early 20th century. The ship that was proclaimed unsinkable sank in icy waters on April 15, 1912, taking more than 1,500 lives.
One-hundred years after the infamous disaster, the "Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition" is coming to San Diego Natural History Museum next February.
"We jumped at the chance," said San Diego Natural History Museum CEO Dr. Michael Hager. Hager acknowledged that the museum has had to navigate some choppy financial waters.
Though their budget is balanced, he said the museum is expecting the Titanic exhibition to do great things."It's the 100-year anniversary of the sinking, so that we know that a lot of people will be tuned in to it. James Cameron's new 'Titanic' 3-D movie is coming out," Hager said.
The Titanic exhibition features more than 200 artifacts brought up from the bottom of the sea -- everything from clothing to china. There's even a simulated iceberg that allows visitors to get a feeling for how cold it was that night.
But at the heart of the exhibit are the ship's passengers, and Hager told 10News, "It's really the personal stories that are told I think that are the most important."