Ship of Dreams

The Titanic sets sail.

My great-grandmother had a ticket to cross the Atlantic Ocean on April 10, 1912, on a ship that, allegedly, God himself couldn't sink. But instead of setting sail with the Titanic on its maiden voyage, she decided to spend a few more days in Europe with her family. It was a choice that probably saved her life — and mine, for that matter. Every time I think about that "unsinkable" ship, I think about the impact it had on countless human lives and the impact it almost had on my life, decades after 1,523 passengers perished in icy waters.

Not everyone has a personal connection to the Titanic tragedy — but a new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers visitors an intimate history lesson. TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition is an adjunct to the James Cameron-directed IMAX film Ghosts of the Abyss. After filming the blockbuster 1997 flick Titanic, Cameron went back to investigate the liner in detail. Biological formations are eroding the ship's steel; standing sections of the wreck are expected to collapse in another twenty to thirty years. Cameron and his crew were able to explore almost all of the wreckage, finding clothing and personal effects — even the staterooms occupied by Molly Brown and Edith Russell.

After viewing Ghosts, wander through more than 300 authentic Titanic artifacts, including a 4,000-pound section of the ship's hull. The Artifact Exhibition also showcases full-sized re-creations of some of the ship's interior spaces as well as personal stories from passengers and crew. And Molly Brown: The Biography of a Changing Nation, a new permanent exhibition and documentary film, is open at the Molly Brown House Museum, which is holding several events in conjunction with the DMNS. For information and ticket prices, visit www.dmns.org and www.mollybrown.org. The DMNS is at 2001 Colorado Boulevard.
June 22-Jan. 6, 2007

 
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