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Titanic: The Exhibition – Coming to the Harbor

By Lani Gering

Something to look forward to this fall is the arrival of this interactive exhibit featuring all things Titanic. While I am sure the major portion of you who read this have seen at least one of the movies that are based on this tragedy, this exhibit will bring its history back home. It opens on the 13th and appears to be ongoing. It comes here after a long stint in New York City. I tried to get some information from the PR people for the exhibit but had to rely on the internet. The following is info garnered from

“An audio guide will take you on a narrative experience describing the events on that fateful day in 1912 while it unravels the true story of the ship through personal belongings, photographs and other relics as you walk through a recreation of the ship’s interior—from a first-class suite to a humble third-class cabin.

Titanic – The Exhibition – is far more than a display of historic items: it is a unique narrative experience, a tale of the people aboard history’s most legendary ship on its maiden and final journey. Travel back to 1912 through photographs, handwritten letters, wayward keepsakes, and other personal belongings telling countless stories about the fates and heroic deeds on board.


The exhibition boasts over 200 original objects. Connect with the Titanic’s passengers, listen to their testimonies, and discover their stories through their belongings. You’ll walk in their footsteps as you explore life-size, detailed recreations of the ship’s interior, witnessing the stark contrast between a lavish first-class suite and a humble third-class cabin.


Created by the Spanish company Musealia and the contribution of Titanic historian and expert Claes-Göran Wetterholm, this experience separates fact from fiction like never before. An audio guide in multiple languages will serve as your narrator, bringing every historical account to life with music, sound effects and testimonies from Titanic passengers and crew. Unravel the true story of the ship as you embark on a trip through time bringing you closer to the myths, stories and the real history of the Titanic.”

I do plan on taking in the exhibit while it is here so can give you a personal insight next month. This is a ticketed event and they encourage you to reserve a session.

Date: From October 13th

Duration: Entire tour – 80 to 90 minutes

Location: 151 St George Blvd.

Harbor Halloween Returns on October 22

Harbor Halloween returns to National Harbor on Sunday, October 22 with a fun lineup of spooktacular fun for the whole family with Halloween activities from noon to 3 p.m.

Fun includes community Trick-or-Treating, waterfront activities, chef pumpkin carving contest, a Halloween movie, Pet “Pawrade”, Community Canopy and more!

The day starts with Trick-or-Treating at overly 30 select restaurants and retailers from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and visit the restaurants and retailers. The list of participating restaurants and retailers is available on the website (see link below). From noon to 5 p.m. children in costume get a free ride on The Capital Wheel when accompanied by a paying adult. (Limit one free child per one adult admission. Valid for children ages 10 and under.)

A variety of activities will take place on the Plaza at the waterfront. The children’s Halloween classic movie, Hocus Pocus, is being shown at 1 p.m. on the Plaza big screen. At 2:30 p.m., following the movie, multiple National Harbor restaurant chefs and artists will compete in a pumpkin carving contest. Spectators are encouraged to watch the many creative pumpkin transformations and vote for their favorites.

While the pumpkins are being carved, National Harbor will host the Pet “Pawrade”. In order to participate, you need register your pet to be included in the costume competition. Prizes will be given for best costume, most creative costume and more. Registration can be made on the Harbor website.

There’s also an opportunity to meet and greet community partners including Prince George’s County Police, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS and representatives with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.

For more information on Harbor Halloween, visit For more information on National Harbor, visit

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