Titanic display in Atlanta

By Dorie Turner

$200 million worth of treasures exhibited at aquarium.

The brightly lit room looks like any nondescript warehouse packed with boxes and dusty shelves, but inside this plain brick building is nearly $200 million worth of treasures from the world's most famous shipwreck.

The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.

When the fine china, brine-soaked shoes and water-stained sheet music aren't on tour around the world, they have a permanent home in Atlanta, the headquarters of Premier Exhibitions, which has guardianship over the artifacts.

"It's like the Smithsonian - you could be here for weeks and not see everything," said Leslie Cone, an assistant registrar with Premier, as she looked at the collection of delicate papers from the Titanic. "There's just endless surprises and wonders in this collection."

About 200 pieces from the Titanic collection now are exhibited at the Georgia Aquarium.

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