The enduring story of the ill-fated White Star liner RMS Titanic continues to fascinate people 108 years after the disaster. The ship and the tragedy of its passengers and crew are one of the few events in history that has immediate name recognition. There is a seemingly never-ending fascination with Titanic.
This summer the Oshkosh Public Museum will unveil a unique exhibition, Titanic: The Wisconsin Connection. Over two years in the making, this exceptional exhibition is based on in-depth research of Wisconsin passengers, conducted by Museum staff and researchers from Experiential Media Group. There were over fifty people on the great ship, in all classes, who were either from Wisconsin, or were journeying to the state as immigrants. This exhibition tells the story of twenty of those passengers and is being developed specifically for the Oshkosh Public Museum. It premiers in Oshkosh on August 12, 2020, and runs through November 8, 2020.
Titanic: The Wisconsin Connection is a new form of exhibition for Experiential Media Group (E/M Group), the salvager and owner of the Titanic artifacts. Prior to the Oshkosh exhibition, the firm circulated exhibitions that focused on the broader story of the ship and passengers, and on the scientific aspects of the vessel and its discovery. The Oshkosh Public Museum’s exhibition marks a distinct departure from that practice. Instead of the previously used standard storyline, E/M Group collaborated with Museum staff to create a customized exhibition focused on stories associated with Wisconsin.
In addition to telling the story of passengers associated with Wisconsin, the exhibition showcases over 100 recently conserved artifacts, all recovered from the debris field over 12,000 feet below the North Atlantic. These amazing artifacts, each with a story to tell, will in most cases be revealed for the first time in Oshkosh. Each artifact powerfully illustrates an element or person in the dramatic event that took place that terrifying night. The storyline, as developed by some of the finest exhibition professionals in the business, enables 21st century visitors to connect with and empathize with the people of 1912.
Oshkosh Public Museum Hours During Titanic: The Wisconsin Connection Exhibition:
Sunday: 12:30 pm to 5 pm
Monday: Closed - School Groups
Tuesday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 10 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4:30 pm