Permanent Exhibition. Titanic Belfast is an iconic six-floor building featuring nine interpretive galleries. The building also houses temporary exhibits, a 1000-seater banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park. Visitors will learn about the construction of RMS Titanic and the wide and rich story of Northern Ireland’s industrial and maritime heritage.
Titanic Belfast has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and one of the top attractions in Ireland, having welcomed more than 650,000 visitors through its doors between opening on 31 March and the end of 2012.
As you walk through the doors of the attraction you will be introduced to the building’s giant atrium surrounded by the four ‘ships’, hull shaped wings which house the beginning of the Titanic experience. Your journey takes you through nine galleries of this state-of-the-art visitor experience telling the story of the Titanic, from its conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through its construction and launch, to its famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The story is brought up to the present with the discovery of the wreck and into the future with live links to contemporary undersea exploration.
The galleries employ a variety of interactive media including CGI, film, audio, artefacts and full-scale replicas; a high point will be a ride through the Titanic under construction.
The galleries include:
Boomtown Belfast – you will learn about Belfast at the turn of the century as a thriving boom town.
The Arrol Gantry and Shipyard Ride – experience a thrilling ride through a dramatic presentation of the shipyards and Titanic under construction.
The Launch – watch the launch from the slipways.
The Fit-Out – explore the sumptuous luxury and superb craftsmanship of Titanic’s interior.
The Maiden Voyage – Be brought deep into the stories of the passengers, the crew and the heroes of the day.
The Sinking – relive the drama of the tragic end to Titanic’s maiden voyage.
The Aftermath – visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the Atlantic.
Myths and Legends – bringing together the many stories, media reports of the time and since, movies, legends and fantasies which have grown up around this world renowned tale.
Titanic Beneath – voyage to the bottom of the sea in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre with live links to contemporary undersea exploration.