'Jewels of the Titanic' Land in Vegas
April 19, 2013 | by —Emma Trotter | Homepage
The haunting allure of the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic is a popular draw across the world, which is why Luxor Hotel and Casino’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition still remains a top attraction. Scheduled to be open through 2018, the 25,000-square-foot, multi-room walking exhibit has been a featured gem since it debuted at the property in 2008.
Through May 31, the exhibit is adding a very special display, Jewels of the Titanic, showing off 15 spectacular pieces unearthed from the wreckage. Owned by the ship’s wealthiest passengers, some of the items on view include diamond rings, a pocketwatch, a matching Filigree necklace and diamond ring, and sapphire and gold jewelry. All of the jewels were discovered remarkably preserved 75 years after the ship went down in the Atlantic Ocean. The limited run display is part of a tour that’s only hitting three cities in the U.S.
Other longtime favorite highlights of the attraction include “the big piece,” a huge hull brought up from the sinking site in 1998; an iceberg wall the same temperature of the waters on the night of April 14, 1912; and a full-scale replica of the ship’s breathtaking grand staircase, complete with angel statues and a wall clock. Visitors can also meander through re-creations of the first, second, and third class accommodations, as well as browse more than 300 personal artifacts, dishes, tiles, and ship construction—all recovered in a painstaking dives that took decades to complete. There’s even an unopened bottle of Champagne. Through plaques and displays, you can learn all about the ships founders, engineers, and passengers, and what their lives were like while aboard Titanic’s maiden voyage. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is open from 10 AM-10 PM daily. Luxor Hotel and Casino, 702-262-4200
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