Sea Research Foundation, operator of Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., previewed Wednesday its new exhibit — Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below — at the Mystic Aquarium’s newly renamed Ocean Exploration Center Exhibit Hall.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic voyage, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, has proclaimed April 11, 2012 “Titanic Memorial Day” in the state of Connecticut.
The exhibit, opening on April 12, is the product of a collaboration between oceanographic explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, president of Sea Research Foundation’s Institute for Exploration, who led the 1985 expedition that located the sunken Titanic, and Tim Delaney, the former senior Walt Disney Imagineering designer, now head of Tim J. Delaney Design.
Meanwhile, Titanic Belfast provides nine interactive galleries that tell the ship’s story from her conception in Belfast’s Harland & Wolff Shipyard, to her tragic sinking in 1912 and re-discovery led by ocean explorer Dr Robert Ballard in 1985. It also has a 1,000-seat banqueting suite that includes a replica of the Grand Staircase from the ship’s first-class section. (Read: Titanic Belfast Ready to Get Launched)
The Ocean Exploration Center renovation and its inaugural Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below exhibit are presented and supported by the United Technologies Corporation.
The exhibit will present a glowing, towering iceberg cold to the touch, a bi-level adventure area inspired by Titanic’s engine room, scores of hands-on experiences, and the modern deep-sea technology that led to the doomed ship’s eventual discovery.