Coinciding with the start of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage, the Titanic Museum Attraction launched an exhibit dedicated to James Cameron’s Oscar winning movie “Titanic” in celebration of the film’s 10th anniversary.
The exhibit, which took about eight months to put together, proudly displays props and costumes from the movie, such as lifejackets, ladies hats, and two garments worn by Kate Winslet in her portrayal of the fictional character Rose DeWitt-Bukater. Visitors can even gaze upon all 11 of the film’s Academy Awards.
But the crown jewel of the exhibit is the authentic recreation of the Heart of the Ocean necklace. The necklace, having 215 diamonds that total 16.6 carats and a 155 carat sapphire, is valued at $250,000. Like the rest of the exhibit, the breathtaking bauble will remain in Branson until the end of the year.
John Joslyn, owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction, said, “We feel that this movie has earned its own place in history and, like ‘Titanic’ herself, will stand forever as a tribute, not only to the great ship and those who sailed her, but to the vision and extraordinary talent of the film’s creator, James Cameron.”
Joslyn was the second person to put together a $6 million ‘Titanic’ expedition and was the first person to produce six hours of ‘Titanic’ television specials. Every now and then he also lent a helping hand to Cameron, or Jim, as he called the director, during production of the movie. “We went back and forth with them, working on a few things,” he said.
Joslyn also said he was able to see an advanced screening of the film.
“It was so great. Everyone was just knocked out,” he said, adding that one of the great things about the movie is that it has made the ‘Titanic’ a part of pop culture.
Information courtesy of Branson Daily News