'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' coming to Detroit before Grand Rapids next year

A re-creation of the Grand Staircase's first and second landing at "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Metreon in San Francisco in 2006


By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Mlive


Remember the Titanic?

How about “Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition” ?

In March, Grand Rapids Public Museum, announced it would be first in the state to host the exhibition of 300 artifacts from the infamous ship, opening in November 2012.

But The Henry Ford announced today – the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – that it would open the exhibition in March 2012 at the institution formerly known as Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum.

That means the exhibition will be in the Detroit area on the 100th anniversary of its sinking early on morning of April 15, 2012 in the north Atlantic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City.

Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford, said the institution is thrilled to bring the exhibition to the Detroit area.

“Known as one of the greatest innovations from that era, this ship was ahead of its time with its top notch engineering, modern equipment and luxuries,” Mooradian said. “Touted by the media as the ship that was 'virtually unsinkable,' no one could believe the magnitude of this disaster that occurred in April of 1912.”

The story is well-known from James Cameron's 1997 film, “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which included actual footage of the ship on the ocean's floor.

“It's an exhibit that really takes you to another place in time,” said Rebecca Westphal, museum's director of marketing and customer experience, in March. “It really brings (the wreck) to a personal level in many ways.”


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