Southampton Maritime Museum and Museum of Archaeology are both now closed to the public, to allow for artefacts to be moved into the new museum. SeaCity Museum opened on 10 April to mark the centenary of the day that Titanic set sail from Southampton in 1912. The Museum features a new Special Exhibitions Gallery, which hosts 'Titanic the Legend' focusing on the international fascination with the story of the Titanic.
The permanent galleries focus on two main themes:
- Southampton as Gateway to the World, recounting the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over at least the last 250,000 years.
- Southampton's Titanic Story focuses on the hidden history of RMS Titanic's crew, and explores what it was like to be in the Merchant Navy 100 years ago.