BRANSON, Mo., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The legendary violin played by Wallace Hartley, bandmaster of the RMS Titanic, as the "unsinkable" ship went down in 1912 will be on exclusive display August 1-15 at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo. before it is moved to England to be auctioned in October.
According to John Joslyn, the expedition co-leader of the first private exploration dive to the Titanic and owner of The Titanic Museum Attractions, the long-lost violin has been authenticated as the instrument played by Hartley as he led the Titanic's orchestra in "Nearer, My God, to Thee" until their last moments before going under. As the Titanic legend has it, Hartley continued to play because he believed in music's ability to calm people and to maintain order. The violin belonging to Hartley has been confirmed as authentic through a CT scan performed at The Ridgeway Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, "beyond a reasonable doubt" more than 100 years after the tragic shipwreck.
As of August first, The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is the only place in the U.S. that the historic violin can be seen before being shipped to England for auction by Henry Aldridge and Son, who anticipate the instrument to be sold for millions of dollars. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all Titanicfans to become a witness to history," Joslyn says.
"I've explored Titanic, documented my discoveries for television and even built two giant museum attractions in tribute to this iconic ship, but when I came face-to-face with the actual violin Hartley had played that cold April night, the whole Titanic experience came into focus, bringing an emotional and melancholy close to a catastrophic chapter in the Titanic story. I feel certain our guests will feel the same," Joslyn adds.
Due to the historic significance of the historic showing of the Wallace Hartley Violin Exhibit, Titanic Museum Attractions has scheduled early morning, special ticketed, VIP Private Previews, beginning at 8:30 on August 1 and running throughout the exhibition.
Regular admission ticket sales will begin at 9 a.m. daily, and reservations will be required for all tickets to the showing of the violin and other Titanicartifacts
Additional information about the Wallace Hartley Titanic Violin exhibit at the Titanic Museum Attractions can be found online at www.titanicattraction.com or by calling (800) 381-7670.
Titanic Museum Attractions: Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Mo, and Pigeon Forge, TN. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, MO, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Titanic Branson has welcomed more than five million passengers aboard the ship-shaped museum since 2006. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed two million visitors.
Media: High-resolution digital images of the Thomas Hartley Titanic violin are available at the exclusive media web site: www.titanicbranson.com/media. Additional information about the museum, exhibit tours, and interviews is available by contacting Mary Kellogg at (417) 334-9500 or emailing her at email@example.com.
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