Houston Museum of Natural Science Announces  Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Houston Museum of Natural Science Announces Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Opening in March 2012, the 100th Anniversary Year of Sinking

January 31, 2012 -The Houston Museum of Natural Science announced today that it will host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during the 100th anniversary year of the Ship's sinking. The blockbuster Exhibition will open March 16, 2012 and be on view for six months. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition allows guests to experience the legend of Titanic like never before.

"This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic and we are thrilled that the over two million visitors who visit the museum each year will have the opportunity to experience this compelling human story as best told through authentic artifacts," said Amanda Norris, Director of Youth Education Sales. "These are real objects and stories that resonate and touch everyone."

On April 15, 1912, Titanic , the world's largest Ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming for than 1,500 lives and subsequently alerting the world's confidence in modern technology. 100 years later, the story of Titanic still resonates and Houstonians will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the tragedy through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition , where more than 250 authentic artifacts conserved from the Ship's debris field are showcased, offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers.

Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 upon entrance, as each receives a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic . They then begin their chronological journey through the life of the Titanic , moving through the Ship's construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. They will marvel at the re-created First Class stateroom and Third Class cabin, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs from March 16 through Sept. 3, 2012. Tickets for the special exhibition are now on sale and may be purchased online, which is recommended due to the popularity of this exhibit. For more information, visit the museum's web site at www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.

Over the past 15 years, more than 25 million people have seen this powerful Exhibition in major museums worldwide, but never has there been a more important time in the story and history of Titanic than now - the Centennial commemoration of this great Ship and all who sailed with her. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is presented by RMS Titanic, Inc. which 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 site of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994 and has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to the Titanic rescuing more than 5,500 artifacts.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory, and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.

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