There are almost no people in this world that have not – at least – heard the story about one of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners at the time – the Titanic. Now, this remarkable story is for the first time in the Netherlands, waiting to tell its painful and touching memories, only in Amsterdam EXPO.
The sound of the original horn from the famous ship marked the 14th November in Amsterdam EXPO as the official opening of the international exhibition that has already amazed 25 million visitors around the globe – Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. The moving exhibition with authentic, recovered objects is staying in Amsterdam EXPO until the 11th of May 2014, for those who want to admire this.
The artifact exhibition visitors are taken on a chronological journey from the construction of the Ship and life on board, to the fatal disaster that took over 1500 lives and retrieval expeditions to the wreck site. Because of the tragedy, the Titanic became perhaps the best-known ship in the world, capturing the public imagination and inspiring popular books and movies. After the 1985 discovery of its wreckage, interest in the famed liner only increased. More than 100 years after its sinking, the Titanic remains an enduring legend.
The exhibition gives visitors also a glimpse into the lives of the passengers on board and examines the early twentieth-century shipping company. Items include perfume bottles owned by a manufacturer travelling to New York to sell his wares, gold and diamond jewelry belonging to high society ladies, clothes owned by emigrants hoping to start a new life in America, undamaged china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line shipping company and even pieces of the Ship itself, such as a porthole and reconstructions of the rooms.
“History’s most famous shipwreck” was also carrying dragon’s blood (sap from a type of palm tree used as a medicine and a dye) that Brown Brothers and Company was shipping it to the US, but one of the most valuable objects was a bejeweled copy of the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam, a Persian book of poetry that today would be worth around €24,000. The copy was adorned with 1,050 precious stones set in gold.
Beside all of this, Amsterdam EXPO has teamed up with National Meritime Museum “Het Scheepvaartmuseum” to add a specifically Dutch historical context to the international exhibition. “Het Scheepvaartmuseum” was working on a presentation that will touch on areas such as the shipbuilding industry in Amsterdam, but will also examine the story of the three Dutch passengers who were abroad “the Unsinkable” Titanic among the rest 2,225 travelers.
For everybody that wants to check what 8 different expeditions recovered from the doomed ship on the ocean floors, more information and tickets can be found on www.amsterdamexpo.nl.