August 4, 2009

100,000 attend Titanic exhibit in St. Paul

The Science Museum of Minnesota says it has welcomed its 100,000th visitor to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

The attendance milestone was reached in 47 days and puts the museum on pace to exceed its 250,000-visitor attendance projection during the exhibition's St. Paul run, which is scheduled through Jan. 3, 2010.

The exhibition is billed as the largest the Science Museum has ever presented.

Visitors will find 14,000-square-feet of gallery space devoted to the artifacts that have been recovered from the world-famous ocean liner's final resting place, the institution said in a news release. They'll get a glimpse at life onboard the ship, see the worldwide debut of artifacts from Carpathia, Titanic's rescue ship, discover the science behind Titanic's design and demise, and witness the remarkable search and recovery efforts that have led to a better understanding of what happened on that fateful night in 1912.

The luxury liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg April 14, 1912. More than 1,500 people were killed in the disaster.