History buffs, Titanic movie fans, and kids alike will revel in strolling through the experience-packed Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.
The museum is sprinkled with striking details that paint a vivid picture of what really happened when the RMS Titanic ocean liner tragically struck an iceberg and sank in 1912, leaving only 712 survivors of its 2,208 passengers and crew members.
While the Heart of the Ocean necklace in the Titanic movie may be fictional, the valuable artifacts that give visitors captivating insight into this historical event at the museum are not. The stories told throughout the museum allow the passengers to live on in our memories.
Gallivant across the starboard ship deck with us to enter a different era in time. Keep your ears out for the blast of the ship’s horn as we’re about to take off and share everything you need to know for a smooth sailing day exploring the Titanic.
Why You Should Go
The tribute to history may be what draws you in, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg -- the interactive exhibits that bring the museum experience to life will make you want to stay for hours on end.
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In addition to more than 400 artifacts – a collection valued at over $4.5 million – the Titanic Museum recreates one of the most fateful nights in history with replicas and opportunities to relive the experiences of passengers and crew members.
Here are just some of the museum’s features you can’t afford to skip:
- Ascend the recreation of the enchanting Grand Staircase
- Walk the halls of the first, second, and third-class living quarters
- Become part of the crew by shoveling coal in the boiler room and learning to send an SOS distress signal
- Find your balance along sloping decks that replicate the steep angle of the ship as it began to plummet into the icy sea
- Touch an iceberg and chilling 28-degree water for a new understanding of the tragic event
Just like James Cameron when he was directing the famous Titanic film, the museum creators didn’t overlook a single, seemingly insignificant detail. Even the tickets, called boarding passes, are part of the experience.
Each boarding pass has the name of one of the actual passengers and crew members aboard the ship. In addition, children receive the name of a real child that was on the Titanic.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you learn the details of their story and finally discover if they survived the traumatic event at the end of the tour in the Memorial Room.
Be sure to snag boarding passes before your visit to guarantee entrance at an exact time. We offer discounted Titanic Museum tickets as well as special packages to bundle your tickets with other Branson attractions at an even greater discount.
When To Go
Since the museum is indoors, you can visit it any time of the year. Visiting in late spring, summer or fall allows you to take full advantage of nearby outdoor attractions while you’re there, like:
You’re in for a treat if you plan your visit to the Titanic Museum during the Christmas season, as it will be decked out in glittering décor.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind Branson’s off-season is between Christmas and springtime, so that’s when you’ll want to go for the best chance at avoiding large crowds.
The Titanic Museum hours vary depending on the time of the year, but it typically opens around 9 a.m. and closes in the late evening hours.
You can’t embark on a voyage without a quick muster drill to make sure everyone on board stays safe. Regardless of vaccination, the Titanic Museum’s policy is that all guests must wear a mask.
Pro Tip: Doing it for the ‘gram? Be sure to snap some pictures before or after you embark on your museum tour, as no photos or videos are allowed inside the museum.
The tour is self-guided, so you’ll be able to take your time as you roam the museum, soaking in the wonder. We recommend planning to be there for about two hours to make sure you see everything the museum has to offer.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to ask about the audio tour option when you arrive. This will ensure you receive a thorough explanation of everything you see.
Still have questions? The staff members are like old salts who have been seafaring for years, ready to tell their tales and discuss anything you’re curious about. They’re easy to spot -- just look for the people dressed in the Titanic-era style.
Can’t-Miss Features at the Titanic
There’s still more to see, so let’s keep going at hull speed. In 2021, the museum is paying special tribute to the Jewish passengers and crew members who were aboard the ship.
- An exploration of the Titanic’s connection to the Holocaust
- Artifacts like the ones used in the ship’s kosher kitchen
- A display of the Jewish passengers
Isidor Straus, a former co-owner of Macy’s department store, and his wife Ida were passengers on the Titanic, along with 69 other known Jewish individuals. The idea for the tribute came to Mary Kellog-Joslyn, president and chief operating officer of the Titanic Museum after she discovered the ship had a kosher kitchen.
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In addition, kids won’t want to miss the Titanic Museum Scavenger Hunt. You can download and print the PDF from the museums’ website ahead of time. The website also provides other educational resources, like:
- Trivia questions
- A virtual tour
- Assignment ideas for homeschoolers and teachers
Where To Stay Near Titanic in Branson
Once you’ve traversed every inch of the expansive museum, the ship’s bunks may be beckoning you to take a snooze. While you won’t be able to spend the night at the museum, you can head in for the night at one of our great affordable hotel and lodging options in Branson.
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Ready to take the trip to another level for the whole family? If you’re willing to drive a few extra minutes, kids will give you some serious bonus points when you stay at nearby Welk Resorts Hotel and Splashatorium. The resort is about a 15-minute drive from the Branson strip.
The resort’s 10,000 square foot Splashatorium features an indoor pool, splash zone, and 117-foot water slide.
If the kids aren’t completely waterlogged and still have some excess energy, you’ll find free mini-golf on-site to keep the fun going. There’s a restaurant and lounge for the adults, too.
What To Eat Near Titanic in Branson
Is your stomach ready for the galley? A day spent perusing the Titanic Museum and seeing all the delicious food the ship’s chefs made is sure to work up your appetite. Branson offers plenty of delicious dining options, so the trouble will be narrowing down all the possibilities.
If you’re looking for a sit-down dinner, we recommend Pasghetti’s. This restaurant boasts a delectable Italian menu – not to mention the giant meatball sculpture outside is hard to miss. Snap a photo next to it to rack up the Instagram likes.
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It may not be the Titanic era, but the Cakes-n-Creams 50s Diner will transport you to a different time. Classic, all-American menu options include burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream.
If you need a quick snack after your Titanic Museum visit, Andy’s Frozen Custard is hard to beat. It originated in nearby Osage Beach, Missouri, and offers the creamiest custard mixed with any topping you can imagine. You won’t have any trouble getting there, as it’s right down the street.
Where Else To Go in Branson, Missouri
Once you’ve dropped the anchor and wrapped up your Titanic Museum experience, there’s plenty more to see and do in Branson. So when planning your trip, don’t forget to check out our special packages to get the biggest bang for your buck.
Have kids with an abundance of energy? We’re here for you. Make the trip action-packed when you bundle your Titanic Museum tickets with one of these attractions:
Ready to be mesmerized by some of the most amazing talents in Branson? If you want to catch a show after your museum tour, check out these packages featuring incredible acts:
Looking for a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of museums, race tracks, and shows? You’re in luck.
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The Ozark Mountains boast some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Take the chance to slip into nature for a while when you pair your Titanic Museum tickets with one of these awe-inspiring options:
Suppose you dream of voyaging across starlit ocean waves and journeying down elegant first-class halls that whisper stories of times past. In that case, the Titanic Museum in Branson is a time-traveling experience you’re sure to get lost in.
Take the opportunity to imagine you were a passenger aboard the ship or a star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the Titanic movie set -- or both.
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The realistic replicas, timeless artifacts, and emotion-evoking stories throughout the tour will not be easily forgotten, bringing honor to all they stand in remembrance of.
Now that you know everything you need to know and are ready to board don’t miss the ship. Up-anchor and grab your Titanic Museum boarding pass today!