April 15th will mark the centennial anniversary of doomed passenger liner RMS Titanic, which went down in the Atlantic during its maiden voyage between Southampton, UK to New York City taking 1,503-1,517 lives along with it. Since then, the sinking has spawned tales of tragedy and hubris on film and stage and in books and song.
When the 1997 James Cameron film came to China, it was a major hit. Returning last year in 3D, it earned USD 11.6 million on its opening day, even with Kate Winslet's nude scene excised. The organizers of the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, running through April 30 at the former Greece Pavilion in Pudong, expect to catch some of that interest... estimating 150,00-200,000 visitors before the exhibition closes.
Of the 5,000 artifacts recovered during eight excursions to the deep Atlantic seabed where the ship rests today, 300 were selected for the centennial exhibit. The exhibit also features full-sized replicas of the ship's iconic staircase as well as a first-class suite and third-class cabin, and takes about 45 minutes to walk through.
Each admission ticket features the name of an actual passenger on the Titanic, which can be located on a memorial wall with more information about the passenger.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
(Tàitǎnníkè Hào Bǎinián Wénwù Zhǎn, 泰坦尼克号百年文物展)
Where: Greece Pavilion (Xīlà Guǎn, 希腊馆)
Expo Park C10 (Shìbó Yuánqū, 世博园区C10)
408 Bóchéng Lù (博成路408号)
Phone: (86) 186 5327 2811
Admission: RMB 100, RMB 150 (holidays and weekends)
Hours: 10am-9:30pm through 30 April