Real Objects. Real Stories - Treasures of the Titanic for the first time in Montreal from November 11th at the new Centre d'Exposition de Montréal in the Eaton Centre



    MONTREAL, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be
presented at the new Centre d'Exposition de Montréal located in the heart of
downtown Montreal, on the 5th floor of the Eaton Centre starting November
11th. This exceptional exhibition has toured the world and was seen by more
than twenty-two million visitors.
    Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition proposes a visit through the
reconstituted decors of the world's most celebrated ocean liner, in which
articles recuperated from the depths of the ocean have regained their rightful
place.
    These articles from yesterday tell the tragic story of the Titanic which
lies at a depth of more than 12,600 feet at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Together, the reconstituted decors, the recuperated objects, the photos
of the period and the passengers who were saved tell the story of this marvel
of technology from the beginning of the 20th century, its tragic sinking and
the scientific exploits accomplished in finding the wreck and arranging the
recuperation expeditions.
    The exhibition begins at the Harland & Wolff naval shipyards, in Belfast,
Ireland, where construction of the R.M.S. Titanic started in 1909. Nicknamed
"The Unsinkable", it represented a major technical challenge which triumphed
over its numerous competitors and became the symbol of floating luxury. In
1912, the Titanic was the largest transatlantic cruise liner in the world.
Carried aboard by the excitement of the departure, the visitor sets foot on
the White Star Line's pride and joy to relive the maiden voyage of April 1912,
his or her fingers clutching a reproduction of a boarding pass bearing the
name of one of the real passengers.
    The visit continues in partially reconstituted decors of the Titanic and
in the conditions prevailing during the voyage: sounds, temperature and light
variations recreating the atmosphere. Objects recuperated at the bottom of the
ocean are testimonies of the 20th century which has just started, of the life
on board, whether luxurious or ordinary, and of the diversity of passengers.
To that end, artefacts are staged in a steerage cabin, in passageways, in a
first class suite and in other decors recreating the famous ship.
    In the Passenger Gallery, personal objects, testimonies from those who
were saved and photos of the period tell their stories and those of the staff
on board: for some, the joy of leaving; for others, especially the immigrants,
the hope of a new life. In the frozen environment of the shipwreck and of the
rescue operation, visitors can leave their hand print on a block of ice
representing the fatal iceberg, before moving to the Memorial Gallery to look
for the passenger whose boarding pass they hold on the list of the 2,228 names
in the Gallery. In the days which followed the sinking of the doomed ship,
front pages and headlines of newspapers announced the disaster which killed
1,523 people, leaving only 705 survivors. Later on, the inquiry boards
published their reports.
    In addition to images on the various techniques and navigation tools, the
scientific segment of the exhibition centers on finding and discovering the
wreck, its exploration by submersibles, including the Nautile 2, and on the
recuperation expeditions as well as the treatment and conservation efforts
with regards to the objects themselves.  Audio-guides provide a realistic
visit in the reconstituted decors of the Titanic. The guide's voice provides
further technical information and outlines certain images or objects. The
comedian's voices reproduce exchanges between the crew members and bring to
life comments from the passengers. The musical accompaniment and background
noises bring to life the ambiance inside the cruise ship.
    It is this page of history which has fascinated the entire world for
almost a century which Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opens up in a unique
and moving fashion. Produced by R.M.S. Titanic, the only company authorized to
recuperate objects from the Titanic's debris field, the exhibition is
presented by Serge Grimaux and Paul Matte.

    A new exhibition centre in the heart of downtown Montreal

    Producers Serge Grimaux and Paul Matte are at the helm of several
exhibitions which will be presented in this new location in the heart of
downtown Montreal.
    "This exhibition centre gives Montreal a suitable location for this new
type of entertainment called 'edutainment' or 'educulture'. Themed exhibitions
of all kinds will be presented but, first and foremost, it is the Titanic
exhibition which will allow the project to set sail and give spectators the
possibility of becoming actors themselves and of reliving this mythic page of
history surrounded by objects recuperated from the debris field where the
wreck lies at more than two miles under the ocean's surface".

    Starting November 11th, 2008
    Exhibition in English and in French - Centre Eaton - 5th Floor

    Schedule: Sunday to Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday to
    Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Tickets on sale as of Saturday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. at all
    Ticketpro outlets.

    Online purchasing: www.ticketpro.ca; phone orders: (514) 790-1111 or
    1-866-908-9090

    Rates:

    Adults: $18.45; children, seniors and students: $14.45;
    Family package (2 children, 2 adults) $54.96; Group rate (20 or more):
    $15.45 per person
    Audio-guide rental: $4.45
    Plus service charges as applicable
    Reservations recommended; departures every 15 minutes




For further information:

For further information: Press relations: Anna Klimalanka-Leroux -
Cell.: (514) 448-5656, local 102; aleroux@groupepopcorn.com

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