New Titanic Exhibit Set to Open at Union Station

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A brand-new exhibit about the Titanic is set to open this weekend at Union Station, and organizers say that it will be dramatically different from the exhibit that came to Kansas City 11 years ago.

The exhibit, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the disaster in April, will be twice as big as the 2001 show, and will include many artifacts that hadn't been recovered last time. In addition, visitors will get to actually touch a piece of the ship - a piece of black iron from the Titanic's hull.

Personal touches will also be included in the exhibit, including a pair of eyeglasses, a top hat and silk bow tie - all found on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. There will also be a recreation of one of the Titanic's first-class cabins, as well as a chance to feel the ice that the passengers of the sinking ship would have felt in the water.

Theresa Nelson of exhibitor RMS Titanic Inc. says that the tragedy of the Titanic still fascinates people because it involved some of the world's riches and poorest people.

"For two hours and forty minutes, they were all brought together in one climatic moment and had to really contemplate life and death," said Nelson.

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