Monday, March 12, 2001

Titanic show set record

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Despite surprisingly slow turnout on its final day Sunday, the traveling Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit met with titanic success during its 15-week stay at Cincinnati Museum Center.

[photo] J.C. Burg, 4, of Delhi, gets a close look at a model of the Titanic Sunday while his mother Lori holds his stroller.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        The last tour group went through at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, putting the final unofficial visitors' tally at 161,832. That's 30,000 more people than attended the museum's previous record-holder for temporary exhibits, Jurassic Park, in 1997.

        Titanic, which opened Nov. 24, was scheduled to close Friday but was ex tended for two days because of the continuous sell-out crowds, especially on weekends.

        The accompanying Imax film, Titanica: the OMNIMAX Experience, closed Friday.

        “This is the first chance we've had to come,” Western Hills resident Kathy Boden, a self-proclaimed “big” Titanic fan, said Sunday. “I'm glad they held it over. This has always fascinated me.”

        Clothing, jewelry, dishes, tools and a large piece of the ship's hull are ghostly souvenirs dredged from the ocean-floor grave of the RMS Titanic, which sank April 15, 1912, with more than 1,500 passengers and crew losing their lives.


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