What’s 100 years old, fascinating and closing this weekend? Titanic, of course!

If you haven’t made it to HMNS to view the incredible array of artifacts recovered from the RSS Titanic’s wreck site more than 3 miles beneath the ocean, you should be suffering from some serious FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out.)

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We extended our Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition through Sept. 23 due to popular demand — and guess what? It’s Sept. 17! I know, we don’t know where the time went either.

But we do know that more than 300 artifacts from the ship and its passengers, their compelling human stories, and a true-to-life retelling of the night’s events on April 15, 1912 are a sight to behold. So behold it, before it’s too late!

Tickets are available in-person at the box office or online right here.

Party like it’s 1912 at Titanic VIP nite — this Thursday!

UPDATE: Titanic VIP Nite is sold out. See you smarties who got tickets there!


Like all seemingly good ideas, the concept for the Titanic was conjured up over cocktails. In 1907, J. Bruce Ismay and Lord James Pierre decided to build the vast vessel along with two sister ships, the Olympic and the Britannic, for a line of the largest luxury ships ever built.

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We all know how that ended:

Join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking in the most appropriate way possible – with a cocktail party.

Guests at Titanic VIP Nite can experience life aboard the ship as first or third-class passengers, although this is one case where you might not want to keep it classy.

Go the sophisticated route and sashay through first-class to the music of a string quartet, where schmancy hors d’oeuvres inspired by the first-class menu await. Then when you’re tired of all that restrained schmoozing, rub elbows with the rougher folk down in third class. There, a Celtic Rock band will have you dancing the jig in no time.

Also onboard? Captain Smith and the famous Mrs. Molly Brown. Be sure to chat up these two characters and ask them about their experience aboard – but be sensitive, and remember that Captain Smith went down with the ship.

For tickets to the festivities that include food, entertainment, cash bars, character actors, after-hours access to the 100th anniversary artifact exhibition and a complimentary swag bag for the first 300 arrivals, click here.

Why James Delgado > James Cameron: See a real underwater explorer speak April 12

James Cameron’s got nothing on Dr. James Delgado. Although the multimillionaire and filmmaker made a historic dive Monday to a depth of 35,576 feet, it’s Delgado who headed up the historic excavation of the R.M.S. Titanic – the inspiration for that other guy’s most famous film.

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On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking in April 1912, new images were released in the April 2012 edition of National Geographic that depict the entire wreckage for the first time in a single frame.

For the first time ever, the boat’s full expanse is photographed at its resting place more than 2 miles beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

Although the images look as though they were shot from a distance, the ocean depths are far too dark to light the wreck powerfully enough – and doing so would be dangerous to the ship’s remains. Instead, the images were assembled mosaic-style by experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and took months to complete.

To create an accurate image of the full wreckage, researchers layered optical data on top of sonar images gathered from an exhibition in 2010 that is widely regarded as the most extensive research and recovery trip to date. During that trip to the wreck site, the eighth since its discovery, three robots circled the boat using side-scan and multibeam sonar to capture hundreds of images per second.

Titanic | James Delgado appearance

Delgado, the chief scientist for the excavation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director of Maritime Heritage, told the National Geographic the reconstructed images were “a game-changer.”

“In the past, trying to understand Titanic was like trying to understand Manhattan at midnight in a rainstorm – with a flashlight.”

Delgado will be at HMNS on April 12 to discuss expeditions to the wreck site and the technology that has made such imaging possible.

In addition to discussing his own historic visit to the ocean floor, Delgado will outline options for the Titanic’s future preservation.

To reserve tickets, click here!

Why the Unsinkable Molly Brown would’ve sunk: A conversation with great-granddaughter Helen Benziger

More is known about Margaret (Molly) Brown than about many of the RMS Titanic’s more than 2,000 passengers – in fact, a Broadway musical and a 1964 feature film starring Debbie Reynolds, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, were centered around Brown’s dynamic life and experience aboard the doomed ship.

But what you might not know is that, had she had her way, Molly Brown would’ve sunk.

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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, now showing at HMNS, aims to give visitors a glimpse into the passenger experience. Each visitor is given a historically accurate boarding card upon entry with the name and background of a Titanic passenger. As patrons navigate the exhibit examining artifacts brought gingerly to the surface from nearly 2 miles beneath the ocean, they find themselves transported back in time – and back to the surface.

One of the Titanic’s most famous survivors, Brown is spotlighted in the exhibit along with other recognizable names like Straus, Astor and Guggenheim. Brown’s great-granddaughter, Helen Benziger, paid us a visit to see the exhibit first-hand and took a moment to give us some insights into the real-life Molly.

Benziger says only “a smidge” of the life portrayed in film is accurate. Still, it captured Brown’s spirit, Benziger says, as a woman with inexhaustible enthusiasm who fought throughout her life for equality.

Raised in Missouri and eventually married to a wealthy Colorado miner, Brown was a lifelong suffragist. But fighting for women’s equality, in Brown’s mind, meant not expecting or demanding priority access to the lifeboats of the Titanic.

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Brown, says Benziger, instead thought that the Titanic’s youngest men, particularly those with families to care for, should take the limited spaces in the boats – there were only enough to save about half the Titanic’s passengers – in place of older women who’d already raised their families. Brown herself was prepared to stay behind, and spent her time during the chaos coaxing young women into the lifeboats.

Brown was cast into lifeboat No. 6 by crew against her will, but her fellow survivors would be ever-thankful. Brown’s bold actions in commandeering her lifeboat boat away from unstable Quartermaster Hichens and her tireless efforts to keep fellow passengers’ spirits high through the night would become the stuff of legend.

“The artifacts are a vehicle to tell the story of the people on board,” Benziger says of the exhibition, which only displays artifacts actually recovered from the wreck site.

“Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve met someone with their own family story and their own link,” she says, including a man here in Houston whose grandfather had been a member of the crew.

Care to discover your own link? Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is on view until Sept. 3.