If you are heading to a city that has a Titanic Museum you may be wondering… Is the Titanic Museum good for kids? We visited the Titanic Museum when we were in Las Vegas this summer and I will share my opinion with you!
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Is the Titanic Museum Good for Kids
First off I will say that the movie Titanic is one of my all-time favorite movies. I remember exactly when I saw it in the theater. It was late December and I was almost 9 months pregnant with my first child. He weighed over 10 pounds at birth…so you can imagine how big I was.
I remember being really worried that I wouldn't be able to sit through the whole LONG movie without a bathroom break. Well, I was right! I did have to get up once and I ran (HA) as fast as I could so I didn't miss much.
Since then I have watched that movie countless times.
Obviously we all know that was a fictional account of what really happened. I have read some very interested books over the years too that are real stories!
Age really does matter when you consider taking your whole family to the Titanic Museum. We visited the Branson Titanic Museum many years ago when it was a brand new attraction. I think we had 2 children at that time and they were both fairly young.
They really got NOTHING out of it and we didn't get to enjoy it as much as we wanted because were chasing kids around and trying to get them to behave.
Our last visit was to the Las Vegas Titanic Exhibit and our youngest was 5 years old. Our other daughter was 12 at the time. My five-year-old was bored, but fairly well-behaved. We were able to enjoy the museum, but paying for her ticket was a waste of money!
My opinion is that kids will be bored unless they are old enough to read WELL…so I would say 4th grade or beyond. There is a lot of reading to do!
It Can Be a Hard Topic
The Titanic disaster was a very tragic event in history. Kids who are really tender-hearted might have trouble visiting the museum and understanding how many people perished in this tragedy.
It may help to talk about what they will be reading about and seeing beforehand. There are no graphic photos, but just reading about different passengers and their lives and knowing many didn't make it home can be difficult.
Each visitor is given a boarding pass when they enter the museum. The boarding pass is for an actual passenger that was on board the Titanic when it sailed. It gives a little background on the person if they had any information available. It tells what class the person was sailing in.
At the end of the tour you are able to look over a huge wall of names and you will find out if your “passenger” lived or perished.
My older daughter found this really interested and so did my husband and I.
Very Educational Experience
This is very educational experience for kids and adults. There are actual artifacts from the ship in these museums. Photos of passengers, stories and so much more.
At the Las Vegas Exhibit there was a HUGE piece of the actual hull of the ship. Knowing that it was brought up from so far under the sea is amazing!
They also have a FULL-SIZE recreation of the grand staircase which was just beautiful. There is a photographer available to take a professional picture for you and she will also take one with your phone if you want.
The websites of each Titanic location offer tons of educational guides for different subjects. It is a perfect home school field trip!
This is a way to really make history come alive for children who are old enough to understand.
Yes and No
I wish I could give you a definitive yes or no to the question of is the Titanic Museum good for kids, but I can't. It really comes down to the children's ages.
I definitely recommend a visit to a Titanic Museum and if you have younger kids…I get it…sometimes they have to come along, LOL. It will be okay…just take turns watching them so everyone gets a chance to enjoy the museum.
One thing to note is that you can't take pictures inside except at the staircase. It does make scrapbooking this outing hard! That is why I don't have more personal photos in this post!
Let me know if you go and how you like it! If you are headed to Las Vegas, be sure to find out the best places to take young children!