Southampton City Council Press Releases
SeaCity Museum sells out on its first day!
Tickets for Southampton’s eagerly awaited SeaCity Museum have completely sold out on its first full day (Wednesday).
Visitors and residents to the city were so eager to snap up their boarding pass ticket and see inside the brand new £15m SeaCity Museum, that queues were already forming early this morning.
An estimated 1600 people passed through the doors today, eager to finally see inside the museum and experience the state of the art interactive exhibitions.
One of them, Jane Graham from Fair Oak, Hampshire, explained why she was so keen to visit the museum today:
“I think firstly I have been so impressed by the national press and local press I wanted to come and see for myself. I think the architecture is fantastic, you don’t normally see anything like this outside of London; I’ve just been so impressed!
“I think what’s important about the museum is that there is something for everyone. There are lots of interactives that help keep children interested and eager to learn more. Also, it’s important that everyone realises that although it opened on an important anniversary yesterday, the museum isn’t all about the Titanic. I liked how the museum explores the history of Southampton and its connections to the sea.”
Yesterday, (Tuesday) SeaCity Museum was officially opened by guests of honour William and Henry Ward (ages eight and six) whose great grandfather, George Kemish was a crew member and survivor on board the Titanic. Rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell was on hand to assist the boys and officially declare SeaCity Museum open.
Helping to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the day the Titanic set sail form the city were hundreds of Southampton school children who took part in a procession from the Titanic Engineers’ Memorial to the new museum. Each child carried a placard representing a crew member from the city. The opening afternoon of the museum was a sell-out with 400 people pre-booking their tickets.
SeaCity Museum, which cost £15million, tells the story of Southampton’s crew on the Titanic, and the impact the tragedy had on families in the city. It also features a major maritime led exhibition which tells the stories of people who have arrived and departed in the city since pre-historic times.