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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge, TN Introduction

Titanic World's Largest Museum Attraction

The main reason for my trip last week to Pigeon Forge/Sevierville was to see the Titanic museum!  I’m going to do a series of posts on it.  This is the first of three scheduled posts about it and I wanted to use it to introduce readers to the museum and its owners/creators.

The owners are John Joslyn and his wife, Mary Kellogg.  John’s background is in television.  John pioneered many television specials, including “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults” (1986) and “Return to the Titanic… LIVE” (1987).  The “Return to the Titanic… LIVE” was the first effort to bring up Titanic artifacts and restore them.  John has since made many return trips to the wreckage site. 

Mary worked as Executive Vice President Television for the Walt Disney Company for 20 years.  She worked with the show “Live with Regis and (Kathie Lee) Kelly” for 20 years and was its executive-in-charge!  She also helped with the creation and development of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”!  She is very knowledgeable about production, marketing, and sales!  I actually met Mary on my visit.  She is a very energetic and nice lady!  It’s no wonder she is involved with so many things and gets so much done!

The Titanic museum is a half-scale museum with over 400 artifacts! Titanic and iceberg It is open from 9 am to 9 pm.  In its first 21 days, it had 50,000 “passengers”! I have also been told that it just crossed over 100,000 passengers for the first two months! This is Mary and John’s second Titanic attraction; their other one is the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.  That museum has welcomed over 2,000,000 guests since it opened in April 2006! 

John and Mary make the Titanic museum an educational and historical experience that pays tribute to the ship and its passengers and crew.  Its a celebration of the ship, its passengers and its crew.  In case you didn’t know, the Titanic is a ship that sank while on its maiden voyage in 1912.  It was the largest moving man-made object when it sank!  I’ve been a fan for years and am very excited about these posts and my visit! 

John says it best when he says, “It’s a complete experience that honors and respects the ship and its passengers by keeping their stories alive.”

Disclaimer:  I received free passes to the museum for review purposes.  No compensation was received.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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