Valued Titanic Artifact Coming to Pigeon Forge

The haunting image of the Titanic band leader playing his violin until the very end is probably one of the most iconic images to come from the sinking of the Titanic, and you may be able to see that very violin if you’re staying at White Oak Lodge and Resort next summer.

The emotionally charged artifact is coming to Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge and will be housed there from June 5-August 14, 2016.

The violin was recovered when it was found strapped to bandleader Wallace Hartley’s body after the sinking. It was returned to his wife-to-be at the time and didn’t resurface until about 100 years later.

In 2013, the violin fetched the highest price of any RMS Titanic artifact, selling for $1.7 million to an anonymous buyer by the world’s leading Titanic auctioneers, Henry Aldridge & Son Auction House in England.

It is through a special arrangement with Aldridge & Sons that Titanic Museum Attractions is able to showcase this one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia.

The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge is the world’s largest Titanic museum attraction, offering exhibits that create a comprehensive story of the RMS Titanic.

In addition to $4.5 million worth of artifacts on display, here are some of the experiences you can have at the Museum:

  • Walk an exact replica of the Titanic grand staircase.
  • Sit in an actual-size lifeboat and feel 28-degree glacial waters.
  • Shovel coal in the Titanic’s boiler room
  • Take the kids to Tot-Tanic, an interactive area for guests 8 and under.
  • Take a self-guided tour.

Plan your vacation now to White Oak Lodge and Resort for next summer and don’t miss this rare opportunity.

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Victoria Hoffman

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