Ontario Science Centre commemorates 95th anniversary of the launch of the
TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - On April 10, 1912, the world's largest ship,
the Titanic, embarked on her maiden voyage leaving Southampton, England.
Today, 95 years later, the Ontario Science Centre commemorated the historical
sailing by previewing nine unique Titanic artifacts recovered from the ship's
wreckage. The event provided a small sample of what visitors will experience
at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which opens June 2, 2007 and runs until
January 6, 2008. The Science Centre also announced that tickets for the
upcoming exhibition are now on sale and may be purchased at the box office by
phone at 416-696-1000 or online at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
John Zaller, Creative Director for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,
unveiled the nine artifacts and spoke to the historical significance and
science behind their conservation. The carefully conserved paper items
included a Titanic Purser's tag and a Dominion of Canada 25-cent "shinplaster"
note, as well as china used by third class passengers, a perfume vial from
Adolphe Saalfeld, a perfume maker from Manchester who was heading to New York
to take advantage of the booming perfume market, and personal artifacts such
as cufflinks and a hairbrush.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a chronological journey through life
on the historic ship. Each visitor becomes a passenger and experiences the
excitement of the journey and then the subsequent tragedy of that fateful
night in 1912. Visitors will be able to step into the past as they view
remarkable recreations of a first class stateroom, third class cabins and the
Ship's Boiler Room.
"The Ontario Science Centre has selected Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
as a way to extend our appeal to a wide range of audiences. It also represents
a good fit with the Science Centre's mission by providing visitors with an
interactive experience and the opportunity to learn more about the role that
science played in bringing the stories behind the artifacts to life," said
Jennifer Martin, Director of Visitor Experience, Ontario Science Centre.
"The exhibition is an extension of the Science Centre's Agents of Change
transformation initiative and reinforces our mandate to delight, inform and
challenge visitors through thought-provoking experiences in science and
technology," she added.
Tickets are also on sale now for Titanica, a 40-minute IMAX documentary
that will run in tandem with Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Intertwined
with eerie deep sea images of the wreck site is the story of one survivor,
punctuated by beautifully preserved archival photographs of the ship.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a timed ticketed exhibition with a
separate admission price. Admission prices are: $29.50 for adults, $23.50 for
seniors (65+) and youths (13-17), $19.50 for children and include admission to
the Science Centre. Hours for the exhibition are regular Ontario Science
Centre hours 10:00am to 5:00pm, except Fridays, hours are 10:00am to 9:00pm
for Titanic exhibit only.
On June 14th the Science Centre will host the first-ever fundraising
Innovator's Ball. The White Tie and Tiaras theme is in honour of the last
dinner aboard the Titanic. Proceeds from the gala evening will help keep
programs at the Science Centre affordable and accessible to all members of the
community. Tickets are available at 416-696-4630.
About RMS Titanic:
The Exhibition is produced by RMS Titanic, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary
of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. RMS Titanic, Inc. is the only company permitted
by law to recover objects from the wreck of the Titanic. The Company was
granted Salvor-in-Possession rights to the wreck of Titanic by a United States
federal court in 1994 and has conducted seven research and recovery
expeditions to the Titanic where it recovered approximately 5,500 artifacts.
More than 18 million people have seen this exhibition in over 50 international
About Ontario Science Centre:
The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world. The Centre is also a leading developer of
interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world. The Ontario
Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry
of Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
Produced by RMS TITANIC INC. A Division of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.
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