Titanic has always fascinated me. Ever since I was a kid, I watched every documentary, and read every book about the ill-fated liner that I could get my hands on.
I couldn’t get enough.
Although I had already visited Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor about a decade ago, I figured it was time to swing in again with the intent of sharing the experience with you.
For those unfamiliar, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is home to 250+ artifacts from the ship that have been recovered from the seafloor. Additionally, the attraction has recreated a number of notable ship features, including the grand staircase, an outdoor deck, and guest accommodations.
The crown jewel of their artifact collection is “The Big Piece” which is a 26+ foot long, 15-ton chunk of Titanic’s hull, which was recovered from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Hopefully, my breakdown of the attraction will help you determine if it’s worth adding to your itinerary.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Cost
Tickets to Luxor’s Titanic exhibit start at $32 (kids are $24) and can be purchased directly with the attraction, here.
Before buying, I’d also recommend checking the price for the Titanic Artifact Exhibition on Vegas.com, which can often be a hair cheaper.
My Experience at Luxor’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Upon entering the exhibit, you’re handed a boarding pass with the name of an actual passenger on Titanic that explains who they’re traveling with, the reason for their voyage, and interesting facts about their life.
Before exiting, you learn their fate.
Once inside Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, you’re surrounded by murals, informational placards, and artifacts recovered from the seafloor. It’s a history dweeb’s dream.
The museum flows in chronological order, first touching on the ship’s construction and pre-trip story and concluding with a roll call of those lost.
Believable Re-creations of Titanic’s Interior
Making Luxor’s Titanic Exhibit especially engaging were the numerous movie set quality re-creations you stumble across which included a loading dock next to the ship’s hull, a 3rd class hallway and guestroom, a first-class guest room, and an outdoor promenade deck on a starry night.
Of course, the grand staircase is the most recognizable re-creation, although personal pictures of it were disappointingly not permitted (but you can see an image they provided below).
Instead, you have the option to let their photographer take a picture, which is available for purchase in the gift shop.
In addition to movie-like sets, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has an “Iceberg” on display that guests are able to touch.
There’s also a large re-creation of what Titanic currently looks like on the seafloor, which is extremely detailed.
Artifacts Recovered From the Depths
In every room and around every corner are display cases housing artifacts recovered from the wreck site. Next to each item is a small informational placard that provides additional details about that particular artifact (where it would have been located, used for, etc.).
For me, the artifacts are what make Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition worth visiting.
Here’s a small sampling of what’s on display:
The most awe-inspiring item on display is “The Big Piece”, a 15-Ton section of the Titanic that has been raised from the seafloor.
Remarkably, researchers have been able to identify exactly where on the ship “The Big Piece” came from, down to which passengers occupied the rooms behind the portholes.
The human element of Titanic is omnipresent as you work your way through the exhibition, with passenger stories scattered about, and even display cases with artifacts that can be traced to specific passengers.
An example is the backstory and belongings of Franz Pulbaum, below:
In the final room, there’s a full roster of both the passengers that survived and those that perished that night.
This room is also where you could scan the boarding pass you received before entering to see if you made it. My passenger, Frederick James Banfield did not.
Is the Titanic Exhibit at Luxor Worth Visiting?
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition does a masterful job of telling Titanic’s story with physical artifacts, re-creations of parts of the ship, interactive displays, and emphasizing the human element of the tragedy.
This far removed from the Titanic’s sinking, it’s easy to lose sight of, or not feel the full weight of 1,523 lives lost. This exhibit does a nice job incorporating the stories of the individuals onboard, which helps put the loss of humanity on that night into perspective.
If you’re remotely interested in the Titanic, the ship’s history, artifacts recovered from the wreck site, and the stories of those aboard, then this attraction should be atop your list.
The masses tend to agree, awarding Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor after 4,550+ reviews.
In my opinion, this is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas.
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.