Titanic Events, Classes, and Lectures

Check out all of our Titanic-themed events, programs, and lectures.

Mysteries of the Titanic


Guest Speaker: Cathy Akers-Jordan, University of Michigan-Flint
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $9.
Members: Adults $9, Seniors (60+) $8.
Ages: Adults (ages 12+)
“Mysteries of the Titanic” examines some common misperceptions about the legendary ship, her tragic fate, and what happened to some of her third class passengers. Cathy Akers-Jordan co-authored, Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal, and teaches writing at the University of Michigan-Flint. Her special areas of interest are the treatment of third class passengers and the existence of passenger segregation gates on the Titanic. Fee includes admission to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition the evening of the lecture. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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Boat Challenge


Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Ages: 7+
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $9, Youth age 2-11 $9
Members: Adults $9, Seniors (60+) $8, Youth age 2-11 $8
Put your engineering skills to the test! Plan, design, and build a boat that will float while carrying a heavy load of cargo. Program fee includes a visit to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the 3:00 PM ticket time. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.


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Titanic Tribute Night


Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $9, Youth age 2-11 $9
Members: Adults $9, Seniors (60+) $8, Youth age 2-11 $8.
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Join us in memorializing the RMS Titanic on the 105th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. Enjoy educational activities, hands-on stations, a lifeboat drill, a memorial wall, and much more! Fee includes admission to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during the event. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.


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Michigan Bound Titanic Passengers


Guest Speaker: Great Lakes Titanic Connection
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location: Sloan Museum
Ages: Adults
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors $9
Members: Adults $9, Seniors $8
Guest Speaker: Great Lakes Titanic Connection
The Great Lakes Titanic Connection’s goal is to be connectors in the Titanic world, and they endeavor to keep the memory of the Titanic and the passengers coming to Michigan and the Great Lakes area alive. Michigan has not had a proper Titanic Memorial like many other states have. They will discuss their research regarding the 70 Michigan-bound passengers on board the Titanic, and their organization’s mission to raise funding to have a Michigan bronze memorial cast, and placed in Marine City, Michigan. A few people they will be speaking about are the Skoog family, Bert John, Achilles Waelens, and Michael Joseph. Fee includes admission to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition the evening of the lecture. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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The Unsinkable Sinks: Leadership Lessons from the Titanic


Guest Speaker: Timothy Pies, PhD, Concordia University
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $9.
Members: Adults $9, Seniors (60+) $8. Ages: Adults (ages 12+)
She was the ship of dreams that became the vessel of nightmares. Among the many mysteries of the Titanic's demise is the perpetual question, "Why did she sink?" The most obvious answer is because of an ominous iceberg; the less visible response is because of poor leadership in ship design and collision evacuation. Professor Timothy Pies explores the Titanic's leadership flaws while providing lessons for today's leaders whose most demanding task, say many authorities, is responding to a proliferation of natural disasters and man-made tragedies.
Fee includes admission to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition the evening of the lecture. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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Model Ships


Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Sloan Museum
Ages: 7+
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $9, Youth age 2-11 $9
Members: Adults $9, Seniors (60+) $8, Youth age 2-11 $8
Create your own model ship of the RMS Titanic! Program fee includes a visit to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the 3:00 PM ticket time. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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Titanic: The Eternal Crossing


Guest Speaker: David J. Kaplan, Titanic Historian
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Ages: Adults
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors $9
Members: Adults $10, Seniors $9
The Titanic is probably the most famous noun in history. Why does the Titanic disaster continue to be the world’s foremost and famous disaster? How has it continued to be a high interest topic for over a century? This presentation compares the Titanic disaster to a number of other man created maritime, structural, and aviation accidents. It also illustrates the similarities between the fate of the Titanic and the fate of the space shuttle, Challenger. Fee includes admission to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition the evening of the lecture. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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Diving to the Titanic: Science and Technology behind the artifacts recovered


Guest Speaker: Paul Henry Nargeolet, Director of Underwater Research, RMS Titanic, Inc.
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $9. Members: Adults $9, Seniors (60+) $8.
Ages: Adults (ages 12+)
RMS Titanic, Inc. (now a division of Premier Exhibitions) conducted the first recovery expedition of the Titanic in 1987. Since, the company completed 7 other expeditions with a total of 157 dives. Paul Henry Nargeolet, Director of Underwater Research for RMS Titanic, Inc. will describe their manned submersible Nautile, the science and technology behind their dives, and how they recover artifacts. Hear about the biggest technical challenge of their expeditions -how they recovered a 20-ton piece of the hull! Learn about how artifacts are treated and restored before they can be exhibited.
Fee includes admission to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition the evening of the lecture. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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Underwater Robots! An Introduction to ROVs with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary


Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Ages: 7+
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: Adults $17, Seniors (60+) $16, Youth age 2-11 $16.
Members: Adults $16, Seniors (60+) $15, Youth age 2-11 $15
Learn all about ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and marine technology with the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary! Build an underwater vehicle using a kit of supplies, and then pilot the vehicle in the Sloan Museum Courtyard. Program fee includes a visit to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the 3:00 PM ticket time. Advance registration required. Order online now or call 810-237-3409.

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