The Titanic’s main staircase has been identically reproduced for an exhibition that will be on display in Paris until September 10, 2023. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP)
At this exhibition, 300 plates, jewelry and even card games are on display in Paris until September 10. Some rooms on the ship were rebuilt identically.
A compact crowd, this Tuesday, July 18, will visit the exhibition dedicated to the Titanic from day one. For two months in Paris at the Porte de Versailles, hundreds of objects and accessories recovered from the wreck of the famous liner were presented to the public. Several rooms of the ship and the glacier were reconstructed in the same way. 111 years after the sinking, the myth is still intact and the enthusiasts are sometimes very young.
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Maxime and Gabriel, two five-year-old twins, begin their visit with a photo on the front of the liner. Despite their young age, they have already seen the film five times: “My favorite moment is when they’re at the front of the ship (and Jack and Rose are holding out their hands)”. For the second brother is the best passage “when there are many dead”.
Check out the grand main staircase
During this exhibition, it is mainly about life on board a steamship, through objects brought up from the seabed. There are 300 plates, jewelery and even decks of cards on display, but the highlight of the show for 16-year-old Léna is: “The main staircase! It’s really impressive. I came to the exhibition specifically for that! It’s spectacular, you’d think you were there.” I’m talking about it like I was there because I’ve seen that movie countless times…”
Tribute to Paul-Henri Nargeolet
The story of the Titanic still fascinates young and old more than a century after its sinking, according to people in the alleys who rush to touch the iceberg reproduction. It was enough to make the American explorer Matthew Tulloch, present at the opening of the exhibition, smile, it was he who brought some of the presented objects from the wreck: “Anyone can imagine what they would do if they found themselves in the middle of the ocean on a sinking ship”.
This exhibition has a special flavor for the man who descended four times to a depth of 4000 meters with the French researcher Paul-Henri Nargeolet, who disappeared last month on board the submarine “Titan” during the Titanic expedition: “Normally it was Paul-Henri who had to speak and had to be there at this exhibition. When I see these objects, I hope that our contribution will serve to preserve history. It is a tribute to Paul-Henri.”