For as long as I have known Mystic’s oldest, she has been obsessed with all things Titanic. It certainly makes gift-giving easy as she cannot get her hands on enough books and movies detailing the tragic event.
She counted down to the re-release of James Cameron’s Titanic movie (the newer version is in 3D), and I braved a 9:40 pm showing a few weeks ago so she could get her fix.
Mostly because no one else she knew wanted to sit for three and a half hours when they already know the ending.
And I didn’t say no fast enough.
The day Taylor (Mystic’s daughter) did the MS 5K with us happened to be the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.
So I promised her that I would take her into the city (NY) for a Titanic exhibit if she survived the 5K.
And she did, of course.
So to the city we went.
The South Street Seaport Museum has a wonderful exhibit currently running until May 16th (Titanic at 100: Myth and Memory). It’s nice and compact (which means Nick and Madeline weren’t bored in the least), and had a wide variety of things to see, read, and explore. Everything from clothes that some of the passengers wore and remnants that have been recovered, to reproductions of newspapers and information on more present day movies and such.
The exhibit is all at once both fascinating and sad. But beyond that, it’s a wonderful history lesson come-to-life for the kids. At only 9-1/2, Nick doesn’t know too much about the Titanic and its legacy, but he was reading every last word in the exhibit, going from one display to the next.
If you’re looking for a unique outing with the family, go and visit. We found a great parking lot one block away where you can park for the whole day for $19.05 (including all taxes and other miscellaneous charges NYC likes to hit you with). It puts you within walking distance to the museum, which spans several buildings and other exhibits, the seaport (which has plenty of shops and restaurants), and, of course, a NYC pretzel.
I swear museums are sometimes the last bargain we have, so take advantage of this one. Children 9 and under are free. There is a AAA discount. All told, it cost me $3.00 for the four of us to visit the museum and the exhibit.
A Spring Sunday afternoon with the family doesn’t get much better than that.
The South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton St., between Water St. & South St.
New York City 10038
212.748.8600 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Wednesday-Sunday 10-6
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