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Titanic exhibition will spend 100th anniversary at San Diego Natural History Museum

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The popular exhibit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, will come to San Diego early next year and will be here during the 100th anniversary of the ship's tragic sinking, the San Diego Natural History Museum announced Thursday.

This is the first time San Diego has hosted the exhibition and the first time in several years that it has been in southern California. The exhibit will open Feb. 10, 2012, and will be on view for seven months.

The galleries focus on the Titanic's human stories as told through authentic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor and extensive room re-creations, spokeswoman Rachel Kulis said.

Visitors will come into contact with perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, and many other authentic objects that offer emotional connections to the lives of the passengers, Kulis said.

"This is a rare opportunity to view these historic pieces in San Diego, said Dr. Michael W. Hager, President and CEO of the San Diego Natural History Museum. "It took a monumental effort to recover the artifacts, including eight trips to the wreckage located 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic. This exhibit combines that technical story with the human drama that makes the Titanic tragedy such a well-known event.

Tickets for the exhibition, which include general admission to the museum and 3D theater, will be $27 with discounts for children, students, seniors, military, museum members and groups of ten or more.

On April 15, 1912 Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg just five days into its highly anticipated maiden voyage, claiming more than 1,500 lives.

More than 5,500 authentic artifacts, including delicate porcelain dishes and a 17-ton section of the hull, have been recovered on research expeditions since the ship's discovery in 1985.

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