Titanic Museum Will Open in Pigeon Forge

Cast members from the Nashville production of “Titanic the Musical” will perform at the Grand Opening of the new Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge on April 8, 2010.

The weekend-long Titanic Museum Attraction Grand Opening Celebration, hosted by Regis Philbin, will also feature a free concert by country music legend Neal McCoy. The event, which is open to the public, also will be attended by descendants and family members of those on board the Titanic and includes a christening of the ship.

Titanic Museum Attraction is a $25 million, half-scale, permanent, three-deck reproduction of the Titanic. The museum houses 20 galleries to display hundreds of authentic, priceless Titanic artifacts that were either carried from the ship and into lifeboats by passengers and crew, or were found afloat soon after the sinking and quickly salvaged by rescue boats.

Inside the Titanic Museum Attraction, visitors find full-size reproductions (built to actual Titanic blueprints) of Third-Class quarters, a First-Class suite, dining rooms and – the museum’s centerpiece – a $1 million exact reproduction of the Titanic’s Grand Staircase. The First-Class suite in the Titanic Museum Attraction, which was occupied by Isidor and Ida Straus who founded and owned Macy’s Department Stores, was also the cabin used in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic as Rose’s suite.

Titanic the Musical was first produced in Nashville in January 2009 by Circle Players. The production is being brought back by popular demand and is a collaboration between Circle Players and Senior Center for the Arts. The production will open on April 15 – the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and will run until May 2, 2010.

Tim Larson, Director of the production, which boasts a cast of crew of 65 people, is very excited at for the opportunity to perform at the opening. “I am so ecstatic about Circle Players and SCA’s Titanic, the Musical being invited to perform at the Titanic Museum Grand Opening in Pigeon Forge. It was a dream of mine to direct Titanic the first time, but to be able to revive it at SCA and then have the cast perform in front of a replica of the Titanic itself, is just so incredible. I have a remarkable cast and crew that I think will impress the Titanic Grand Opening attendees.”

The Titanic Museum Attraction Grand Opening event begins on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. and continues with special events, fireworks and celebrity guest appearances throughout the weekend. Tickets to the new Titanic Museum Attraction, which will open April 8, are now available online at www.TitanicPiegonForge.com