When visiting this site, we had the sense that it was intended as the cornerstone of a harbor redevelopment project. It has dramatic architecture and a theme that tries to tie together Belfast's industrial and shipbuilding past and the Titanic disaster. It works well in some respects, but less so in others.
You can readily see from the photos that the building has a striking outside appearance, and the inside is dramatic as well. There was plentiful convenient parking in the attached garage, so it's easy to visit.
The exhibit itself starts with the birth of industry in Belfast up to its role in shipbuilding and that launches, so to speak, the Titanic exhibit. Of course, the Titanic itself sits at the bottom of the Atlantic. And the salvage from that ship is owned by a company that has a touring display currently in the U.S. This museum largely makes up what it doesn't have in the way of artifacts retrieved from the sea bottom with an array of clever multimedia presentations, including one 270 degree virtual tour of the ship.
The Titanic display begins with a tour of sorts of the shipbuilding process including a ride in a car similar to that of the "Peter Pan" ride at Disneyland. You "fly" around the shipyard past scenes of the various steps used to build the ship. They have models and visuals of the ship and finally of the ship itself at the sea bottom. There are also displays of how the sinking has been portrayed in various movies, including "A Night to Remember" and the James Cameron/Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet movie from a few years ago.
I liked the use of many different kinds of media and also how they tied it into Belfast where the ship was built. Like some others, I came away thinking it was less than perfect - maybe not having the artifacts was part - maybe they needed more on the human story of the 1500 or so people that perished. Still, this is very much worth a visit.
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