Family Travel: Molly Brown and the Titanic in Denver, Flickr: irishfiresideApril 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  Coupled with the re-release of the film Titanic in 3D and a nationally touring museum exhibit, kids are more interested than ever in the history of the fateful ship. 

Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum offers families a great chance to explore the real history of the ship’s demise as told through the memoirs of Margaret “Molly” Brown – affectionately known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”  Margaret was a wealthy Denver citizen; her husband struck gold in Colorado in the 1890s and the family moved to Denver in 1894.  She survived the sinking of the Titanic and successfully led a campaign to help raise money for widowed and orphaned immigrant survivors from the ship.  She was a powerful voice for the masses both before and after the sinking of the Titanic. She owned her Denver home until her death in 1932.  In 1970, the house was saved from destruction and purchased by Historic Denver, who completely restored it to its original era and luxury and opened the public museum later that year.

As part of the 100th Anniversary, the Molly Brown House Museum is offering extra exhibits, events, and lectures to help visitors of all ages understand the history behind the tragedy of the Titanic’s sinking.  Upon entering the museum, you will be transported back in time to 1912 where you can learn firsthand from Margaret’s Titanic experience.  These special Titanic tours require advance reservations and are offered Monday-Friday.

In addition to tours promoting knowledge and awareness of Margaret Brown and the history of the Titanic, the museum also boasts numerous yearly events, including a scary performance each October.  This year, mature kids can experience a thrilling reenactment of “Victorian Horrors: Tales from the Sea” where actors will share spooky tales of “terror and loss on the sea.”

The museum is open Tuesday- Sunday until 4:30 p.m.  Regular tours start on the hour and the half.  $8/Adult, $4/child. Titanic tours start at $10/adult and $6/child.

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