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Mahaffey displays Titanic artifacts
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A replica boarding pass grants visitors permission to “board” the White Star Line's R.M.S. Titanic and view Mahaffey Theater’s first museum quality exhibition.
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Visitors begin their journey through the Titanic exhibit in the Construction gallery, before moving on to Passenger, Iceberg, Seabed and Memorial galleries with additional areas for Iceberg warnings and even Lifeboat Loading.
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The seabed gallery shows a variety of artifacts that littered the ocean floor where the Titanic went down.
ST. PETERSBURG - On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest Ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology.

One hundred years later, The Mahaffey pays tribute to the tragedy, which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where more than 125 legendary artifacts, conserved from the Ship’s debris field, are showcased offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers.

Bill Edwards, CEO of Big3 Entertainment; Joe Santiago, general manager of the Mahaffey Theater; and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster are set to christen the maiden voyage of Mahaffey Theater’s first museum quality exhibition.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, Oct. 6. The five-month exhibit closes on March 3, 2013.

The Exhibition is designed to focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts and extensive room recreations. Additionally, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition allows visitors to conduct personalized explorations of the wreck site utilizing an interactive tool to explore photo mosaics of Titanic in her final resting place. The recent technological advances utilized on Expedition 2010 have allowed scientists to piece together, from thousands of sequential images, a full picture of Titanic as it lays today. The Mahaffey will be one of the first venues to display the interactive elements from Expedition 2010.

The grand opening of the 100-year anniversary exhibit is set for 9:45 a.m. Oct. 6 in the second floor atrium. The Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First Street South St. Petersburg.

Early morning traffic

Heavy traffic is expected in the area Saturday morning due to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. First Street South will no longer be a split-cone lane, which affects traffic heading towards the Mahaffey from the North. Officials estimate that First Street South should be clear by 9 a.m. The 5k portion of the race is anticipated to beyond the Mahaffey by 8:45 a.m.

The exhibit experience

Visitors to the highly anticipated blockbuster exhibit will receive a replica boarding pass granting them permission to “board” the White Star Line's R.M.S. Titanic, and from there the journey begins.

The galleries focus on the legendary Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor and extensive room re-creations. From china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, to pieces of the Ship itself, these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.

The series of galleries on the second floor of The Mahaffey begin with Construction before moving on to Passenger, Iceberg, Seabed and Memorial galleries with additional areas for Iceberg warnings and even Lifeboat Loading Profiles – all extensively covered by an audio tour to bring the Titanic story to life.

The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m. It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $19.12.

For more information, visit www.themahaffey.com or call 727.892.5798.
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