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Visitors to Imagination Station Toledo are invited to step back into time as the hands-on science center presents “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” which runs Feb. 15 through June 15. 

RMS Titanic, then the world's largest ship, sank in 1912 after a collision with an iceberg. Over 100 years later, Imagination Station is exploring engineering, physics and social studies with the science of Titanic.

“The sinking of Titanic has captivated the world for over 100 years,” said Lori Hauser, CEO of Imagination Station. “The real artifacts and compelling human stories in the exhibition bring science and history to life in a way few things can."

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Imagination Station Toledo is hosting the exhibit, "Titanic: The Artifact
Exhibition," which features artifacts recovered from the ocean floor,
personal stories and room re-creations, including this third class cabin.
(Photo courtesy of Premier Exhibitions)

The exhibition has been designed with a focus on the Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through 150 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations – perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples; china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line; a pair of men’s dress shoes – these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.

Upon entrance, visitors will be quickly drawn back in time to 1912 as they as each receive a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger on board Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through the life of 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 and third-class accommodations, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity.

In the “Memorial Gallery” guests will take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is sponsored by BP. Timed tickets are required. Admission is $6.50 for members; $19.50 for adults 13-64; $17.50 for seniors 65 and older; $15.50 for kids 3-12 (includes admission to Imagination Station). Kids 2 and under get in free.

Imagination Station Toledo is located at 1 Discovery Way, downtown. For more information, call 419-244-2674 or visit https://imaginationstationtoledo.org.


Titanic timeline:
• April 2 1912, 8 p.m.: The crew of Titanic participates in sea trials before leaving Belfast, where the ship was built, for Southampton.

April 10, 1912, 6 a.m.: Just after sunrise, the first members of the crew began to board Titanic. All of the officers except Captain Smith had already spent the night on board. Captain Smith arrived later that morning around 7:30. 

April 10th, 1912, 12 p.m.: Titanic starts her maiden voyage, leaves Southampton and ventures to Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland (this is the official sailing date for the Ship).

April 11th, 1912, 1:30 p.m.: Titanic raises anchor for the last time and leaves Queenstown.

April 14th, 1912, Morning: Lifeboat drills were neglected after church services, although the crew has to complete the procedure.

April 14th, 1912, 10:55 p.m.: Californian, completely surrounded by ice, stops for the evening and warns Titanic of the impending danger.

April 14th, 1912, 11:40 p.m.: Frederick Fleet sights an iceberg.

First Officer Murdoch gives the “hard a-starboard” order while having the engines stopped and reversed; he activates a lever that closes watertight doors.

The Ship, traveling at approximately 20 knots (26 mph), turned slightly to the left, avoiding a head-on collision. Below the water, the iceberg punctures the hull.

Five, possibly six of Titanic’s watertight compartments flood.

April 15th, 1912, 12:15 a.m.: Captain Smith assesses the damage.

He orders his telegraph operators to send the distress signal “CQD” after estimating the ship will remain afloat for two hours.

He gives the order to uncover the lifeboats and evacuate the women and children.

April 15th, 1912, 12:45 a.m.: The first lifeboat leaves the Ship with only 19 aboard, although it could carry 65.

April 15th, 1912, 2:05 a.m.: Titanic’s bow begins sinking as the last of the lifeboats are lowered into the water. An estimated 1,500 people were left stranded on the sinking boat.

April 15th, 1912, 2:20 a.m.: Titanic sinks.

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