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'Titanic' exhibit logs gigantic total: 830,019 visitors
St. Petersburg Times 6/5/98
More than 830,000 people passed through Titanic: The
Exhibition during its six-month run at Florida International Museum, easily
setting a new attendance record. According to museum officials, who made a
presentation to the City Council on Thursday, the people who visited Titanic had
an economic impact on Pinellas County of nearly $125-million.
And the museum was able to gather a bit of that economic windfall for itself: Museum board chairman Rick Baker said the museum was able to salt away some $2-million in net revenue - what it took in after all expenses - by the show's end. That stands in contrast to a year ago, when the museum's first three shows had left it with debts totaling $12-million. That debt was eventually paid off, most of it by museum benefactor John Galbraith, but the museum remained on uncertain financial ground until Titanic's big success.
"This is one of the greatest museum exhibition success stories in the history of the United States," Baker told the council members. On Titanic's last Saturday this past weekend, officials pulled out all the stops to boost attendance - and it worked. A total of 9,788 people passed through the museum's galleries, a one-day record. Not since a Monet exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago drew nearly 965,000 people in 1995 has a museum drawn the number of people who came to St. Petersburg to see the Titanic show, museum officials said.
The legendary saga of RMS Titanic is a story
known the world over. But for the four of us, who personally lived through that
tragedy, it is more than a story - it is a moment in time when our lives were
forever changed. In that moment, we became inextricably linked to one another
and to Titanic.
On this, the eighty-fifth anniversary of that fateful night, the public will have the opportunity to share in this monumental tragedy through the sensitive and respectful display of objects recovered and conserved from the great ship. As survivors of this disaster, we are pleased to see the memories of the ship and of the loved ones we lost so long ago preserved in such an accurate and dignified manner.
Michel Navratil (passed away on 1/30/01 at age 92)
Edith Haisman (passed away on 1/20/97 at age 100)
Eleanor Shuman (passed away on 3/7/98 at age 87)
The complete audio tour is 45 minutes.
There was a large hardcover and softcover book printed for the exhibit.
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