The museum, called Titanic Belfast, commemorates the tragic end of the ocean liner that hit an iceberg on its celebrated maiden voyage 105 years ago today and sank in the Atlantic early the next morning. But the museum also fosters an appreciation for the ship’s close ties with the Northern Ireland capital city. From the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, production at the dry docks where the museum now stands drove much of the economy in Belfast and the region. Numerous large ships similar to the RMS Titanic were built here, and the museum uses the well-known Titanic story as a way to tell the larger story of Belfast’s ship-building industry.
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Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction and a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. It tells the stories of the ill-fated Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. The building contains more than 12,000 square metres of floor space, most of which is occupied by a series of galleries, plus private function rooms and community facilities.