Hi Kristen, that was one really interesting experience, being able to attend a memorial event in Missouri... Did you manage to take any photos during the proceedings?
I do have photos! There was no personal photography allowed inside the museum, but I found photos on the internet, so they're posted below with descriptions along with photos from the memorial concert. There will be a lot, so forgive me for the long post!
This is Titanic Branson's lobby, where you can see a mural of Titanic stood on her end to show how she rivaled the tallest buildings in the world, including the St. Louis Arch, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Woolworth Building. Overhead hangs a replica of the smallest of Titanic's three propellers.
Past the lobby, you will find this model of Titanic, which is 18 feet long and took 2 years to complete.
These two adorable dogs are the next attraction at the museum and they serve to represent the 10 dogs who were on board Titanic. The dogs' names are Molly and Carter and they were named after the Carter family, who was traveling with a dog of the same breed, and of course Molly Brown.
In the next room, past the models of Titanic's decks and engines, children can help to shovel coal into one of her boilers. It lights up and makes burning noises when they do so and they receive a special badge that says they helped as part of the "crew."
This room is called the Father Browne gallery. Father Browne was a monk who was allowed to photograph both the Olympic and the Titanic before she set sail. His photos were lost for years until another monk later found his album in a monastery and it was immediately placed into a bank vault, and thanks to them, we now have photos of the great ships and life in 1912.
This is a replica of a third class cabin.
This is a full scale replica of Titanic's grand staircase and it is the next attraction that you will see.
This is a full scale replica of a first class stateroom. I am told by RMS Titanic Inc's Twitter page that the cost of one of these rooms in today's currency would be $103,000.
This room is decorated like the first class dining area would have been, but instead of tables and chairs, it has been converted into an artifact gallery.
This is a replica of the marconi room.
This is the area of the museum built to look like the captain's bridge, and outside the window is a room that is made to feel like you are on the boat deck-- complete with the freezing air temperature. There is a railing in the boat deck room and if you look over it, you can see the iceberg off in the distance.
This is the interactive gallery where one can place their hands in water that is the same temperature as the ocean was that night, board a lifeboat to see how many people could have really fit aboard the one that was lowered with only a few aboard, and as shown here, climb the decks as they would have sloped at different times during the sinking.
This is called the memorial wall. The names of all 2,208 people who were aboard Titanic are etched into the glass, forever to be remembered. The life jacket that is shown in the photo shows the human cost of the tragedy, as it still has blood on it from some unknown injury that took place during the sinking.
The survivor's wall of stories will tell you all about what the surviving passengers went on to do with their lives after the disaster. Some even have photos.
The discovery room shows how Dr. Robert Ballard discovered Titanic and includes many photos and video from the wreck.
This is a tribute to the pastors, priests, and reverends who were on board Titanic, all of whom perished while trying to bring comfort and peace to those around them.
This is a photo I took of the exterior of the museum, which is built to look like Titanic herself. It it half scale to her original size and you enter underneath the iceberg.
This is a panoramic shot of the centennial memorial concert that I found online as well. The man in the front is David Parker, who played Captain Smith.
This is a photo that I found of Captain Smith with the crew and maids and the 40 flags which represented the nations that Titanic's passengers came from. They did a great job at paying tribute to everyone aboard.
At the finale of the concert, 200 white doves were released.
As the doves were released, an eternal flame was lit for Titanic's lost souls. This is a photo I took of the flame after the ceremony. It truly was a beautiful memorial and I am honored to have been a part of it.