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    The Louisville Science Center just extended the showing of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition to accommodate increased visitors. The exhibition was originally scheduled to close on Feb. 15, but will now stay open until March 7 because of an influx of attendance over the holiday season...because nothing says Christmas like a sinking ship!

    I caught the Exhibit a while back and enjoyed it.  While I do wish it had been larger than just a few rooms, I was impressed by its abundance of actual artifacts. Kids especially will enjoy the interactive aspects to the exhibit.  

    Echoing the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., each visitor gets a ticket containing the name and photo of a passenger or crew member of the actual ship. This highlight of the exhibit really draws  visitors into the tragic stories of those who survived and perished on the Titanic. It is not until the very end of the Titanic exhibit that the visitor learns the fate of this person who boarded the ship almost 100 years ago.    

    For me, the highlight was an iceberg that I could actually touch.  This is perfect for the wandering hands of children (or adults like me who act like children) who love being able to actually interact with items in a museum. No worries about germs here, because the museum smartly placed a soap dispenser right next to the iceberg.

    The exhibition runs every half hour, starting at 9:30 a.m. daily.  Advance tickets may be purchased by phone at (502) 561-6100, ext. 6111. You can also purchase tickets on site during normal museum hours. Ticket prices run $10 (adults) and $8 (children) for museum members or $18 (adults) and $14  (children) for non-members.

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    Photo: Courtesy Louisville Science Center

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