Belfast – Day 3 – Titanic Museum, Harland & Wolff Shipyard and Stormont Estate.
On day three of our Mystical Ireland Tour we visited the Titanic Museum. No, it’s not the one in Branson, Missouri. Nor is it the one in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where you can receive a boarding ticket featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger and read about that passenger as you go along. No, we were headed to Titanic Museum Belfast, located in the actual shipyard that the Titanic was built.
You can walk through the 19th century gates that stood at the entrance to the Harland & Wolff Shipyard. You can view the original drawings of the Titanic design and see pictures taken of the construction. You can touch the White Star Line china similar to what was used on the ship and and feel the fabrics that were used on the upholstery. Much of what they could display at the museum was actually taken from the Titanic sister ship, Olympia.
It’s spooky to see exact replica of rooms that existed on the Titanic and the most impressive was the Grand Staircase that was considered enormous in its day. Titanic Voyage promotional brochures for the maiden voyage were on view as well as Launch Day tickets. An actual luncheon menu dated April 14, 1912, the day the Titanic sank, was on display and it was donated by a Titanic passenger who survived. Passengers could have dined on Grilled Mutton Chops and Custard Pudding. Yum!
The museum had drawings and photographs of the construction of the ship, showing workers on the actual ship. The most expensive Titanic artifact ever sold at auction, regarded as the ‘Holy Grail of Titanic memorabilia’, is the 33-foot wide Indian ink plan or profile drawing of the Titanic, drawn to help with the court inquiry.
After leaving the Museum we drove to Stormont Estate which is the site of the Parliament Buildings and is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. We did not go inside. It was nice to walk around on the grounds.
Come back and read the next post where Louise and I explore the nightlife of Belfast and discover a tiny restaurant with wonderful food and drink.
currently on display at Titanic Belfast.