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Visiting Titantic Belfast Museum with Kids

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March 3, 2019

One of the first buildings we caught sight of on our visit to Belfast was the stunning Titanic Belfast Museum, which was sat beautifully lit in pinks and purples on the banks of the River Lagan.


Titanic Belfast opened on the centenary of the Titantic disaster in 2012, on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built.

The building itself is spectacular, as it is covered with three-dimensional aluminium plates with the four corners of the building representing the sheer scale of Titanic’s bow.

The kids were given some activity sheets to complete at the start of the self-guided tour and then we headed into the exhibition, which begins with Boomtown Belfast, exploring its roots as an industrial centre of the 1800’s.

The exhibition is very cleverly done with projected images on the walls which take you right back in time, to what it would have been like walking through the streets.

As well as the activity sheets for the kids, there are plenty of interactive elements for them to get involved with, including sending radio messages, operating model machinery and playing games.

It is at the shipyard area of the museum where things really get interesting and the kids were fascinated by the tales of how the three million rivets used to build the ship were put in by hand.

From here, there is an interactive ride which slowly takes you on a journey up and around a multimedia display which showed what life was life for the workmen who built this iconic ship.

It was then onto The Launch where we discovered just how tricky it would have been to launch a ship of that size and the fact that they were doing it in front of an estimated crowd of 100,000 people.

Here you can look down over the slipway and Victoria Channel where she was launched on 31st May 1911.

When Titanic was launched, the ship was just a very large hull, without engines, boilers, funnels, accommodation, furnishings and fittings. All were fitted later, in the deep water fitting-out wharf and the next part of the museum gave us examples and artefacts of what the cabins would have looked like and cost.

There was also a brilliant immersive CGI film which showed us what life would have been like on board on each level of the ship, from the noisy engine rooms with constant clanking noise, to the opulent upper decks with piano’s tinkling in the background.

We then followed Titanic’s journey as she visited the ports of Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown.

The Sinking area gave us real information from the fateful evening of 14th April 1912 with transcripts of the radio messages on the walls and real life insights from the survivors.

The whole exhibition is done with deep respect for the hundreds who lost their lives. There are newspaper cuttings with the real life stories on display and how relatives of the deceased reacted back home.

The exhibition also explains how the bodies were recovered, where they were buried and what White Star’s actions were after the disaster.

The final part of the exhibition takes you to the ocean floor, where you can look around the final resting place of the Titanic wreck with images taken from a submersible.

That is not the end of the experience though, outside the building the sheer size of the Titanic can be seen, as she is mapped out with white lines, so you can walk the length of her.

Also a short walk away is The Nomadic, the tender that took the passengers out to Titanic in the port of Cherborg.

You can buy a combined ticket to visit the SS Nomadic with your Titanic Belfast ticket if you wish to go onboard.

Titanic Belfast admission prices are: £18.50 or adults and £8 for children, with under 5’s free. Family Tickets are available (2 x adults and 2 x children) for £45.

Disclaimer: We were gifted entrance to the Titanic Museum for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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  1. Reply

    Leah Lander-Shafik

    March 3, 2019

    I bet this was really good. The titanic and the real life tragedy that it was is a harrowing and interesting story – it’s good to see they have honoured really well.

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    michelle twin mum

    March 3, 2019

    I think I’d really enjoy this, I love maritime history. The buidings are very impressive too. Mich x

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    Rebecca

    March 3, 2019

    Looks like an interesting day out, especially for the kids. Will have to give it a try!

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    Kacie Morgan

    March 4, 2019

    I went here back last year and I loved it. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but it was surprisingly interesting and I loved the quirky merch in the gift shop too – especially the iconic blue heart necklace that Rose threw into the sea at the end of the Titanic movie!

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    Newcastle Family Life

    March 4, 2019

    It sounds like an interesting day out, I bet you all learnt so much x

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    Mellissa Williams

    March 4, 2019

    This sounds such an interesting museum. I saw a monument in Liverpool for the people who died in the tragedy

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    Rowena

    March 4, 2019

    This looks like such a good experience. The Titanic is such a terrible tragedy in our history and it looks like the museum really honours the people who lost their life whilst giving a fascinating insight into history. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lisa

    March 4, 2019

    This is a great place to take the kids and learn something about the Titanic too. I’d love to see it for myself, will bookmark it for when I visit Belfast.

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    Elizabeth Weitz

    March 4, 2019

    Wow! I need to check out the Titantic Belfast Museum . This place looks so incredible and fun for kids to explore too.

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    March 5, 2019

    this looks like a great place to take the kids for a history lesson. Very informative piece for people needing info on the location!

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    Becca Talbot

    March 5, 2019

    I loved this museum when I visited, but never wrote a review – it is definitely a great place for kids though! I don’t have children myself, but will share this post with a few of my friends who do. I am sure they’ll find it very useful x

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    Pati Robins

    March 5, 2019

    that museums is on our wish list ! there is so much to see and do there

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    Tracey Kifford

    March 5, 2019

    This one is on my list to visit. There’s a fascination with the Titanic isn’t there. As someone who spends quite a lot of time on cruise ships, maritime history fascinates me

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    fashionandstylepolice

    March 5, 2019

    What an amazing museum. I love visiting places like this.

  15. Reply

    Kira

    March 5, 2019

    Alessia would love it here . She is obsessed with the titanic!

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    March 5, 2019

    I’d love to visit the Titanic Museum. The story of the Titanic has always fascinated me, especially as her last port of call was Cobh near Cork (then called Queenstown) and there were many Irish families in the lower classes who also lost their lives in her sinking. Sounds like a great museum.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    March 5, 2019

    This is a museum I would love to visit with my family, so full of history and information. I like taking them on educational trips.

  18. Reply

    John Mulindi

    March 5, 2019

    I think you guys learned a lot from this visit. There is so much as seen in the photos to look back on in the great Museum. Thanks.

  19. Reply

    Heather

    March 5, 2019

    This looks like a great experience. I love to go to museums!

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    Louise

    March 5, 2019

    The Titanic Belfast Museum is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for years. I’ve always been interested in what happened back when it set sail so think it would be right up my street 🙂
    Louise x

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    Olivia Jade

    March 5, 2019

    Looks really interesting, it must’ve been emotional to see those newspaper cuttings x

  22. Reply

    Alexandra Cook

    March 6, 2019

    What a historical place it was. Titanic is my all time favorite movie and it is such a pleasure if I could go and visit here.

  23. Reply

    Beth Pierce

    March 6, 2019

    What an amazing and touching experience! My kids were so moved by the movie, I can only imagine what it’s like seeing some of its famous landmarks and items from the actual ship.

  24. Reply

    Sara Welch

    March 6, 2019

    What a humbling experience. I would love to see the historical artifacts from Titanic. Very interesting post; I’ve never seen anyone’s experiences like this before!

  25. Reply

    Neha D’souza

    March 6, 2019

    What a great experience. Bet it was quite moving at some bits too. The museum seems to have a lot to offer and looks like it is suitable for all too.

  26. Reply

    elizabethkeene

    March 6, 2019

    this museum looks awesome!! I want to go!! This feels like a must see location

  27. Reply

    Chelle Dizon

    March 6, 2019

    I think that this is a very interesting way to learn more about Titanic. That sounds really fun especially if you are with your family.

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    berlin | Momi berlin

    March 6, 2019

    That is one great way to teach kids about history. Even i would want to know more about Titanic,

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    Marysa

    March 6, 2019

    What an interesting place to visit. I’m sure my kids would love to go there, and it’s nice to find places that the whole family can enjoy. It’s always good to get the kids learning some history too.

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    Melanie williams

    March 6, 2019

    Love a good museum or two. This looks ideal for a good family day out and learning a lot about history too xx

  31. Reply

    Catherine

    March 6, 2019

    Looks like a very cool and interesting place to check out. Museums are so much fun for the family.

  32. Reply

    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    March 6, 2019

    We remember this museum getting built and its such a striking building! It really brings to life the story of the Titanic. We love the interactive displays and spent ages looking at the passenger names too! Kinda sad too x

  33. Reply

    Emily

    March 7, 2019

    Even the building itself is so gorgeous! I think this would be such a cool way to spend a day, I love history!

  34. Reply

    Anosa

    March 7, 2019

    I would love to visit the Titanic museum one day, it looks like such a gorgeous place to explore with the kids

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    Sincerely Miss J

    March 7, 2019

    Looks like such a fun experience for you and the kids. Def. a must see while in Belfast

  36. Reply

    Kalyan Panja

    March 7, 2019

    I have read so much about this place. I would love to visit here. Thanks for your inspiration.

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    Crystal (The Busy Mom Diary)

    March 7, 2019

    Wow – this looks so interesting to visit. I bet there’s so much to see and explore.

  38. Reply

    Laura Schwormstedt

    March 8, 2019

    Oh wow this museum looks fantastic!! Such an interesting story and fascinating, this is going on the bucket list!!
    Laura x

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    March 8, 2019

    I’d love to visit here. We’ve been to the maritime museum in Liverpool which had a bit about the Titanic in it and the kids were fascinated.

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    Khushboo Motihar

    March 8, 2019

    This looks like a marvelous experience for children. My niece would love to visit this museum. Love the fact that they have interactive displays

  41. Reply

    Laura Dove

    March 9, 2019

    Belfast is on our list! I have a real fascination with the titanic!

  42. Reply

    natalie

    March 11, 2019

    I love your pictures. I would love to visit Belfast one day – we love a good museum in our house!!

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