Rare Artifact Comes to Titanic Museum Attraction

What’s perhaps the most-storied piece of Titanic history is coming to Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction for a limited engagement this spring.

Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin – famously played as the doomed luxury liner sank on April 15, 1912 – will be on display at the Branson museum from March 7-May 29, 2016.

The history of the violin is a truly remarkable piece of Titanic lore.

According to the official Titanic Museum Attraction website, the violin was given to Hartley by Maria Robinson as a celebration of their engagement; the couple was to be married in the summer of 1912.

The night of the Titanic’s sinking, Hartley and other band members were instructed to keep playing in hopes music would help calm frightened passengers. A scene in the 1997 film “Titanic” depicted the musicians playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”

Some 10 days after the ship’s sinking, Hartley’s body was found, his beloved violin still strapped to his chest. The violin was returned to Robinson and was somewhat lost to history until 2006, when it was found in the attic of a home in Britain, CNN reported in 2013 - when the violin was purchased by an unnamed collector for $1.7 million, a record amount for a Titanic artifact.

Henry Aldridge & Son Auction house in England, acting on behalf of the unnamed buyer, entered an agreement with Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson to display the violin for this special limited engagement in 2016. 

In honor of its 10-year anniversary in Branson, the Titanic Museum Attraction is offering $10 admission rates for children ages 5-12.

Make a visit to the Titanic Museum Attraction part of your Branson getaway in 2016, and see all the other exciting events and attractions waiting for you when you visit ExploreBranson.com.

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