Marine Museum at Fall River

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Location 70 Water Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA
Coordinates 41°42′10″N 71°09′49″W / 41.702779°N 71.163648°W / 41.702779; -71.163648
Type Maritime museum

The Marine Museum at Fall River in Fall River, Massachusetts is a historical and nautical museum with memorabilia, artifacts, and ship models of the Fall River Line and RMS Titanic. The museum houses a diverse collection which includes more than 150 scale models, 30,000 photographs, videos, uniforms, audio recordings and more.[1] The museum also claims to host one of the largest Titanic exhibitions in the world, which includes a 28-foot (8.5-meter) long scale model of the RMS Titanic used in Twentieth-Century-Fox's 1953 film Titanic.[2][3] The museum also houses models of the Fall River Line (which operated from 1847 to 1937), a fleet of steamships that carried passengers from New York and Boston to summer homes in Newport. Other exhibits follow the history of steam power at sea. The museum also sponsors a regular program of special events.

Notable items and exhibits[edit]

  • A 28-foot model of RMS Titanic
  • A cork life vest worn by survivor Madeleine Astor, new bride of John Jacob Astor IV, who was lost
  • Wooden chair from the Titanic‍ '​s Turkish Bath, retrieved from the ocean by a ship chartered by White Star Line to retrieve bodies.
  • A section of the Titanic‍ '​s wooden deck railing
  • Hand-penned letter written by third-class survivor Gus Cohen aboard the Carpathia, describing the events of the sinking
  • Carpeting that was used in a Titanic stateroom
  • The "Molly Brown" medal that was presented to the ship's surgeon of the Carpathia
  • Jewellery and personal effects belonging to survivors while on board the Titanic
  • Videos and photographs from the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution discovery expedition[4]