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Titanic: The Untold Story

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About this Exhibition

Discover the surprising link between a top secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the sunken Titanic by legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard in our fascinating exhibition. Developed in collaboration with the National Archives and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, “Titanic” reveals the remarkable—and long-classified—story behind the historic discovery.

This extensive exhibition also transports visitors to the height of transatlantic steamship travel, displaying items from the luxurious ocean liner and sharing the stories—many for the first time—of some aboard the ship on its tragic maiden voyage. See incredible images and artifacts, like the coat worn by Titanic survivor Marion Wright Woolcott, and never-before-exhibited ship and expedition memorabilia, including the 8,000-pound crew module from the submersible Ballard and team used to survey the shipwreck.


Featuring

Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Robert Ballard

Contributor

National Geographic Explorer-at-Large ROBERT BALLARD is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents and the R.M.S. Titanic, German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 150 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. In 2008, he secured the E/V Nautilus, which has become his flagship for exploration. Robert is also significantly involved in various educational outreach programs. He has received prestigious awards from the Explorers Club and the National Geographic Society—the Explorers Club Medal and the Hubbard Medal, respectively—as well as the Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation. In 2003, President George W. Bush presented him with the National Humanities Medal in the Oval Office of the White House.

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