Yes, there is a huge Titanic Museum that has just opened in Pigeon Forge. It looks like the Titanic jutting out from the street. Disclaimer before I go on ~ I have always been a bit obsessed with the Titanic. It was one of the best museums I have ever been to. It combined history with science and lots of hands-on activities. When you arrive at the museum, each person is given a card that tells about the life of one of the people on board the Titanic that fateful night. The card tells what the person was doing/did when the Titanic hit the iceberg. You are left to wonder until the end what will happen to your character. Three of us were crew, three 3rd class and one was 1st class (albeit a maid to the first class passenger). We knew that the 3rd class passengers had been gated in at night so they wouldn't wander into 2nd or 1st class quarters. As we were touring the 3rd class deck, outfitted with four narrow beds and a sink to each room, we then came up to the gate and saw the water rushing down the stairs into our quarters (held back, of course, by a sheet of glass). It was startling and very realistic. My heart sunk as I felt the fear those people must have felt.
There was no photography allowed in the museum. Some of the highlights were touching a very cold, large iceberg while standing on deck; waving our arms around in a trough of 28 degree water (the temperature of the ocean that night) -- the more you moved your hand, the colder the water felt; the decks that increased in inclines so that you could see how hard it was to keep your footing as the ship sank; and finding our character names on the wall at the end under the lists of survived and dead. As was the case for most folks on the Titanic, only one man in our family group lived and most of the women lived. There is also a life-size replica of the grand staircase. It was really cool.
We did not give them lollipops every day of the vacation. It just looks that way in the photos!
Of course, the gift shop was great, and I spent way too much on children's books. All in the name of education, right? It was a great destination to finish up our vacation. If you have the chance to go, they do have a really good homeschool discount on tickets, if you call in advance. No proof needed once you are there.
When we were not out touring, we enjoyed the swimming pool at the condo. This picture is so exciting to me. Little Red Riding Hood would barely put her face in the water when we started this trip. Look at this dead man float. Yippee!