The largest Titanic Artifact ever recovered to date resides in Las Vegas within “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Weighing in at 15 tons and standing at a staggering 26′ by 12′ feet, it took researchers nearly two years to prepare to raise it from the bottom of the ocean and have it delivered to its new home in Las Vegas, Nevada. That amazing piece, however, is not the only piece of history that resides in the exhibition. There’s more!
I was fortunate enough to experience not only this artifact, but the entire exhibition first hand. Although I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I was excited to explore and learn more about the famous ship whose wreck made history so long ago. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside the Luxor was an emotional ride through passenger stories, precise room recreations and priceless artifacts. While inside, I was given the opportunity to see what it was like to be a passenger on board of the massive ship. I received a boarding pass with my name on it (the name of an actual passenger at the time), which stated whether I was in first, second or third class.
Throughout, I was in awe as I saw authentic artifacts from the wreckage that included personal papers, gaming chips and decorative pieces from the interior of the vessel. One item that particularly hit home was a pair of pants that was recovered, which really brought the experience to life.
Towards the end of the exhibition, there was a list of all the passengers that were on board the Titanic back in 1912. I searched the board for the name of the passenger who’s boarding pass I had received and found him on the list of those who had never been found. It was amazing to see how the few survivors were mainly in first class, while the majority of those missing or deceased were the third class passengers and staff.
The wreckage of the Titanic remained a mystery to scientists and researchers for nearly 73 years before it was discovered 2.5 miles down in the ocean in Newfoundland in 1985. I think it’s amazing that we have recovered such an amazing piece of history and now have open access to it anytime we are visiting Las Vegas. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Tickets to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition are available at the Luxor Box office for $27 for adults, 25 for seniors and $20 for children ages 4-12. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 10pm with last admission at 9pm. For more information, call 1-800-557-7428.
Recreation of a First Class Cabin Aboard the RMS Titanic
Famous Staircase on the Titanic