Angeles – On a calm, clear night in April 1912,
the “unsinkable” sank in the freezing
cold water of the North Atlantic and a legend was
born. Pieces of personal histories and hundreds of
artifacts recovered from the wreck site tell the
tale in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit presented
by BP on display at the California Science Center
in Los Angeles, February 9 through September 1, 2003.
the ship of dreams, was conceived in 1907 and met
with disaster in 1912; a brief existence fraught
with the drama of a Greek tragedy. It was lauded
as the greatest ship in history. On board were titans
of commerce, artists, leaders of countries, immigrant
dreamers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. The
story of Titanic has been told and retold,
but never more poignantly and passionately than by
the artifacts presented in this exhibition. Painstakingly
recovered from the debris field surrounding the wreck
and artfully conserved, these three-dimensional objects,
more than words or images, represent the vessel and
the 2,228 souls who journeyed with her into history.
more than 12,000 square feet, the exhibit will take
visitors on a chronological journey through the life
of the Titanic, from the building of the legend,
which took 15,000 men more than three years to complete,
to life on board. Authentically recreated first and
third class rooms will be featured with furnishings
made by original manufacturers. Guests also glimpse
a typical day aboard the great vessel by strolling
through the Veranda Café, one of the dining
areas on the ship. In “The Striking” gallery,
guests can touch an “iceberg” and feel
for themselves what it must have been like in the
water most passengers on the ill-fated vessel found
themselves in that April night. Lastly, exhibit guests
see the technology and artistry it takes to recover
these items from 2.5 miles below the ocean’s
surface and to preserve them for future generations.
Channel Exhibitions, through our association with
the California Science Center, is proud to bring Titanic:
The Artifact Exhibit to Los Angeles. We are excited
about the opportunity to provide an incredible family
entertainment experience of the highest quality," states
Stacy F. King, President & CEO Clear Channel
Science Center President and CEO Jeffrey N. Rudolph
notes, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit reveals
the science and technology used to recover and preserve
these hundreds of artifacts, allowing visitors to
appreciate the challenges that were surmounted to
bring this magnificent treasure of artifacts up to
the surface for everyone to experience. It is an
experience of a lifetime and we are pleased that
the California Science Center is the only place in
the state where the exhibit can be seen."
Scruggs, Vice President of BP, says that, "BP
is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the exhibition.
BP, like the Science Center, has a strong commitment
to supporting the community and science education
given the nature of our work as an energy company.
We are pleased to help make Titanic: The Artifact
Exhibit accessible to every gender, age group
and ethnicity and assist the Science Center in reaching
California Science Center is a dynamic destination
where families, school groups, adults, teachers and
even young children can explore the wonders of science
through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations
and innovative programs. Located in historic Exposition
Park, the Science Center’s main building, the
Howard F. Ahmanson Building, encompasses 245,000
square feet on three levels.
The Artifact Exhibit is produced by Clear Channel
Exhibitions in association with R.M.S. Titanic,
Inc. Clear Channel Exhibitions, a division of Clear
Channel Entertainment, is based in San Antonio,
Texas. CCE is a world leader in providing high
quality, state-of-the-art educational family experiences,
and produces exhibits in collaboration with more
than 200 leading museums and research institutions.
Exhibit hours are Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Advanced reservation general admission tickets
can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (213) 365
- 3500 or (714) 740 - 7878.
The Artifact Exhibit admission prices are $9.50
for adults, $8.50 for seniors 60+ and $4.50 for
children 4-12. Members receive a discount and special
rates for schools and other groups of 15 and over
apply. Please call (213) 744-2019 for group information.
Admission to other Science Center exhibits is free.
Note to Editors: The California
Science Center is located at 700 State Drive – Exposition
Park, Los Angeles. Enter visitor parking at 39th & Figueroa
Street. Parking is $6 per car. Due to construction
please arrive a few minutes early. For general information,
call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623) or visit our website
at http://www.casciencectr.org. Both the Science Center
and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.