When I saw the billboard for the Titanic Exhibit in Las Vegas at the Luxor, I could barely breathe!  How could this be happening at the hotel next to mine and I didn’t know it was there?   

Nothing scares the crap out of me more than the thought of not being able to protect my kids.  Hence the reason why the story of the Titanic fascinates me to my core.  All those parents, kids, Moms, Dads….being separated.  And they were all on a vacation, coming to America.

I wanted to bring my kids to the Titanic Exhibit. Since most of them hadn’t seen the movie yet, I perked their interest with:  “100 years ago, a big ship carrying many people crashed into a huge piece of ice and sunk into the ocean!”

They were full of questions: “That’s scary!?”  “Did people die?”  “Did they save their Ipods?”  

The Titanic Exhibition literally walks you through every stage of Titanic’s history:  from Titanic’s first sketches, to construction, to the day of her maiden voyage, to what the rooms looked like, to the Decks, the stairs, the tables, the plates, actual passenger paperwork…and then to the ice berg (that you can touch and feel)!  As you walk through the exhibition, you feel like you’re there!  The temperature of each detailed room, the smells, the noises…all of it will move you to tears…unless your kids laugh at you and snap you back to reality.

Upon entry , every visitor gets a White Star Boarding Pass listing the name of an actual passenger.  At the end, everyone checks the passenger lists to see if you lived or died.  When I looked at my passenger card, I screamed.  Out loud!  Out of 2223 passengers, how odd that I would be handed the one passenger with my own last name?

I was Miss Bridget Delia McDermott and I lived. In fact, the night before Miss McDermott traveled, a wanderer told her there would be a tragedy and she would be saved.

BIG TIP:  Tickets to The Titanic Exhibition are NOT CHEAP.  (Look for discounts online)  So don’t waste your $ and take kids under age 8.  They’ll be bored, you’ll be mad, yelling at them, as well as embarrassed by all the alarms they’ll be setting off (cause kids under 8 touch everything).  

The whole tour takes 90 minutes (longer if you have the weird imagination that loves to savor life and humanity…like me.)  (with three kids and four alarms…I finished in just under 3 hours.)  Too bad history class wasn’t like this when I was in school….I just may have listened.

The Titanic Exhibition will remain at the Luxor Hotel till December 2018.

If you are going to Vegas, do NOT miss this.

The Stairwell….

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