Meet the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s Great-Granddaughter at the Branson Titanic

Have you ever heard of The Unsinkable Molly Brown? Margaret (Molly) Brown was a philanthropist originally from Hannibal, Missouri who became famous because of her heroic efforts and survival of the sinking of the Titanic.

During the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, she convinced her lifeboat crew to turn back and pick up survivors who were stranded in the ice cold water. It has been documented that many of the survivors who managed to escape the Titanic via lifeboat before it sank were afraid that if they turned back to pick up survivors, the boat would be swarmed and tipped. So turning back to search for survivors was a bold and brave move on Molly’s part!

TitanicThe Branson Titanic Museum will be hosting her great-grandaughter, Helen Benzinger in February of 2015 who will share the personal life stories of her great-grandmother. Molly Brown’s story is featured in the Titanic Museum’s exhibits as well.

Mark your calendars and plan to meet one of Missouri’s famed real-life legends whose bravery still lives on.

For more information or tickets to the Branson Titanic, visit www.bransonshows.com.

Step Into the Shoes of a Titanic Passenger in Branson

TitanicThis week I spent a good two hours at the Branson Titanic Museum Attraction and I wish I could have stayed longer. The museum is absolutely packed with informative and interactive exhibits that take you on a journey through the construction of the British passenger liner, provide context within the time period and most importantly, tell the stories of the those lives that became intertwined with the legendary ship that was deemed “unsinkable.”

Immediately upon entering the museum, you’ll be immersed in the experience with the opportunity to touch a real iceberg. Staff will tell you to rub it three times for good luck and those three quick rubs will leave your hand feeling pretty numb.

titanicMy tour through the museum was self-guided but each guest is given a handheld device that is used like a phone. Many of the exhibits throughout the Titanic are marked with a number on a small, circular sign. Each time you see one, you simply punch in the number, hit the green button and hold the device to your ear for additional audio explanations of the current exhibit. It’s a neat way to take in even more information and it’s a good addition for those who’d rather listen to the information than read it.

The museum’s exhibits and authentic artifacts recovered from the ship’s wreckage really make it clear that the focus is on the people who were aboard the Titanic. You’ll see personal items like handbags, authentic boarding passes and dining schedules, jewelry, photographs and one of the nine lifejackets still in existence today. In fact, when you visit the Branson Titanic, you become one of those very people as you receive a boarding pass with the name and story of a real passenger that boarded the ship.

TitanicI became Charlotte Cardeza, a multi-millionaire 1st class passenger with more luggage than any other passenger on the ship. There was even a photo of me in one of the exhibits overseeing the loading of all my possessions onto the Titanic. One of the crew members told me that I occupied the largest suite on the ship, which was similar to the suite that Rose had in the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic. Throughout my whole tour I was anxious to find out if I survived the ordeal or not and according to the final exhibit in the Memorial Room, I did make it. But 1,500 others were not so lucky.

The entire museum makes for a humbling experience that will transport you back in time for a brief moment as you experience first hand what it was like to be a passenger of the Titanic. While I was there I was able to feel the frigid 28 degree water that swallowed the ship, play the baby grand piano in the exhibit dedicated to the musicians onboard, experience the sloping decks of the ship’s stern, shovel coal into the Titanic’s boiler room, walk through the third class corridor, steer the ship from the captain’s bridge and sit in a life size lifeboat while listening to the passengers tell their stories.

An experience at this museum is almost too great to describe with words — it’s one that you need to experience for yourself. And an afternoon aboard the RMS Titanic is sure to educate and entertain all those who take the time to walk through it all while honoring and celebrating the lives of passengers and crew from around the world.

For tickets and more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyTitanicTickets.cfm.

The Branson Titanic Museum Attraction is located at 3235 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, nextdoor to Montana Mike’s Steakhouse and across the street from the Clay Cooper Theatre.

 

Branson Titanic: An Educational Experience for Students of All Ages

Titanic interactive fun!School has officially started back up and I’m sure all you teachers out there have wonderful plans for your classrooms for the upcoming school year. But if you’re looking to plan a fun yet educational field trip to Branson, you might consider taking your class to the Branson Titanic.

The kids will each get their own boarding pass and travel through the ship’s interactive exhibits learning about the real passengers, crew members and facts about the ship itself. At the end of the museum attraction, they’ll find out their own fate based on true, historical evidence.

TitanicThe Branson Titanic website offers educators a variety of educational activities that students can bring along with them when they visit, including a scavenger hunt, sample boarding passes and supplemental geography, math, social studies and religion lessons.

The Branson Titanic makes for a perfect field trip for students of all ages and is filled with valuable lessons and interesting historical value.

For tickets or more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyTitanicTickets.cfm.

 

 

Plan Your Last Minute Summer Vacation to Branson With Ease

TitanicThe summer months are just flying by and it’s hard to believe that school will be starting in just a few short weeks. If you and your family haven’t had the chance to make your way to Branson yet, you’ve still got time! And Branson Shows can help you plan your last minute summer vacation with ease.

If you’re looking for something your kids will remember for years to come, take them to experience an infamous boat ride at the interactive Titanic Museum, where they will become a real passenger and discover their fate at the end of the tour. You might also enjoy a tour of the city with Ride the Ducks as your captain narrates several scenic and historic areas of Branson and then takes the experience to the next level with an exciting splash down into the lake and the chance to drive the duck. Of course, no visit to Branson is complete without also setting aside a day for the 1800’s themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City and family-oriented waterpark, White Water.

JonahWhile you’re visiting Branson, make sure to check out some of the many shows that are available to you. There isn’t a show in Branson that’s not family appropriate, but some family favorites include Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Dinner Show, the Acrobats of China and Jonah at Sight and Sound Theatres. Each of these shows is uniquely different, but share thing in common: they are unforgettable examples of why Branson is one of the most family-centered vacation destinations. You and your kids will leave these shows raving and the quality of entertainment is unrivaled.

Squeeze in as much last minute summer fun as you can and enjoy these great shows and attractions in Branson!

Plan Your Destination Wedding in Branson, Missouri

belleAre you planning a wedding? By now you’ve probably realized that picking a venue is one of the most important and sometimes one of the most difficult decisions you and your significant other will have to make. If the two of you have decided on a destination wedding, tropical Florida or the Bahamas isn’t the only option. Have your affordable, destination wedding right here in Branson, Missouri where you can choose from various unique venues nestled in the heart of the Ozarks. The possibilities are endless, so consider some of these amazing Branson venues for your big day.

Showboat Branson Belle

Whether it’s just the reception, ceremony or both, host your guests aboard the majestic Showboat Branson Belle. This unique, floating venue provides several packages for the bride and groom to choose from, while also providing a customizable package to suit your individual style and budget. Whether you choose to exchange your vows in the beautiful gazebo, surrounded by lush gardens at White River Landing, dance the night away on the top deck or book an exclusive private voyage for you and your guests, your wedding is bound to be a grand celebration on board this 278-foot beauty. For more information, visit http://www.silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson/Guest-Information/SBB-weddings.aspx or call 800-417-7770.

Shepherd of the Hills

Weddings at the 113-year-old Morgan Church inherently take on a traditional feel with the antique pews, wooden floors and simple architecture. Located at the Shepherd of the Hills Historical Homestead, your package will include a commemorative certificate of your event, two passes to the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider for the bride and groom, a flower bouquet and a unity candle set. Additional services include a 90-minute session with a professional photographer and bubbles for the post ceremony festivities. For more information visit http://theshepherdofthehills.com/weddings-at-the-morgan-church/ or call Traci at 417-332-4971.

Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge is the perfect venue for the nature-loving couple. Choose from a host of indoor and outdoor locations onsite for your special day including, the Garden Chapel, Top of the Rock Chapel, Grandview Lawn, Workman Room and Patio, Lady Liberty Yacht and more. Each location at Big Cedar can accommodate different amounts of guests, so finding one to suit both your style and guest list shouldn’t be a problem. Featuring an abundance of lodging options for family members who are traveling for your big day, a variety of amenities, a culinary and catering team and professional photographer, Big Cedar Lodge provides you with everything you need and more for your special day. For more information, visit http://bassprocorp.com/BPS/Userfiles/23/file/BCLWeddingBrochure2013.pdf or call 800-225-6343.

Titanic

Get hitched aboard the beautiful and historic Titanic Museum and book an intimate package for just the two of you or have a private wedding ceremony and reception for 100 guests or more. Packages not only feature the one-of-a-kind venue but may include the ordained Titanic Captain to officiate, a wedding coordinator, music, a professional photographer with photo package and admission to the Titanic Museum Attraction afterwards. For more information, visit http://www.titanicbranson.com/titanic-weddings/titanic-branson-wedding-packages.php or call 800-381-7670.

Mount Pleasant Winery

Have your wedding at Mount Pleasant Winery, surrounded by the beautiful views of Mount Pleasant Estates which rest atop the bluffs and overlook the Missouri River Valley. With bridal packages, an exceptional catering team, an array of local hotels nearby and spectacular photo ops for you and your bridal party, this winery is one of Branson’s best. For more information, visit http://www.mountpleasant.com/pages/Weddings-%26-Receptions.html or call Mark at 636-482-9463 ext. 231.

New Exhibit and Events at Titanic Musuem

TitanicWhen visiting Branson this holiday season, be sure to make a trip to the world famous Titanic Museum—the world’s largest museum attraction! Guests visiting the interactive museum will have an opportunity to walk the grand staircase, steer the ship, learn to send an SOS signal, and even touch an iceberg during this two-hour walk through experience!

As the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Titanic Museum in Branson promises Branson visitors an unforgettable trip back in time as they explore a number of exhibits and over 400 authentic artifacts.

In addition to the museum’s already stellar exhibits, the Titanic Museum will be presenting a new, world exclusive exhibit in 2014! Starting on Friday, January 10, 2014 the Titanic Museum will be home to a new exhibit featuring a beautiful exploration of the lives of the ship’s eight heroic musicians. The exhibit will take an in depth look at the musician’s lives, loves, and legacies and promises to be a powerful and moving display of the valiant men’s lives.

March 15th – March 22nd the museum will host the 2nd Annual Titanic Author’s Week! Praised authors of Titanic historical books and novels will make a public appearance on Saturday, March 15th through Saturday March 22nd at the museum from 10am – 5pm. Titanic fans and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet these celebrated authors during this book-signing event.

For more information about the Titanic Museum in Branson, please visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/Titanic.cfmTitanic

Oh Yeah, It’s Date Night!

Kirby van burchIt’s Friday and tonight’s the perfect evening to take your date down to Branson. Here are some creative and romantic ideas to impress your guy or gal that won’t break the bank!

If you’ve ever seen the 1997 Titanic film, then you’re probably aware of the innate romanticism associated with the famous vessel. Experience the tragic beauty of the Titanic up close at the Titanic Museum in Branson. Together, you and your loved one can discover the history of its epic journey while standing on a replica of the majestic bow.

Perhaps you’re looking for a little mystery in your date night activities. Look no further than the magical Kirby Van Burch Show. Illusionist Kirby Van Burch will dazzle and captivate you with breathtaking feats of wonder. Not only can this performer cause a helicopter to seemingly appear from nowhere, he works with many exotic animals to entrap your attention the entire evening.

Of course, what could be more romantic than a spontaneous night away? Utilize one of our exceptional romantic getaway packages and thrill your loved one with a weekend holiday.