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The new £15m museum has been built in the Grade II* listed Magistrates' Court adjoining the Civic Centre. SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of Southampton, their fascinating lives and the City’s historic connection with the sea. Visit to discover how they bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed of all ages.
As the port from which the 1912 white star liner Titanic set sail, Southampton is at the very heart of the Titanic story. Explore the 1:25 scale interactive model of the ship, experience the ‘Disaster Room’, and immerse yourself in the 1930s court room which depicts the inquiry held in London after the disaster. Marking the hundred year commemoration of the disaster, 2012 sees the SeaCity Special Exhibition Area host a completely original Titanic exhibition – ‘Titanic the Legend’. The Titanic story is presented through a variety of perspectives and considers why the legend endures and the effect it has had on ship design, safety and technological research. The exhibition also explores the notion of a ‘Titanic industry.’ This special exhibition space will host other temporary exhibitions in future years. ‘Titanic the Legend’ will be in place until 2013.
Gateway to the World
Using the city’s unique historic collections, this gallery recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over the last 250,000 years, from the earliest settlers to the stories of people living in the city today.