Titanic Pigeon Forge is a giant 30,000-square-foot ship-shaped museum attraction designed to celebrate Titanic’s timeless awe-inspiring legend, her passengers and crew. Towering 100 feet above a primary gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, our museum will exhibit one of the largest permanent collections of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia.
In July of 1985, an incredible, joint undertaking emerged when scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the French agency, Ifemer, led a mission and discovered RMS Titanic.
Two years later, John Joslyn co-led a six-million-dollar expedition to the site of the sinking. This historic expedition was the first to recover and restore artifacts from the ocean floor. In order to recover these artifacts, John and his team of scientific and salvage experts successfully completed 33 dives to Titanic’s final resting place in the North Atlantic to 12,500 feet in the “Nautile”, the twenty-million-dollar French institute’s deep-diving submersible. This is the greatest number of deep-sea dives ever completed for any televised project.
John describes standing on the slippery deck of the salvage ship as a thrilling adventure as he hovered more than 2.5 miles above the legendary vessel. The resulting television documentary produced by Joslyn, “Return to the Titanic...LIVE” shown in 27 countries worldwide in 1987 remains one of the highest-rated syndicated specials of all-time (seen by 22 million households in the U.S. alone).
During this time, Joslyn dreamed of creating a permanent Titanic museum attraction and twenty years later in 2006 John built the first permanent exhibit dedicated to RMS Titanic in Branson, and now, nestled amongst 5.6 acres, the next permanent ship is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
John believed by offering a glimpse of life onboard this massive vessel that in turn Titanic’s passengers and crew would never be forgotten and generations to come would unite in discovering Titanic’s living theatre.
Embark on the adventure and join our crew as we educate, entertain, and inspire passengers as they imagine and experience what life might have been like sailing Titanic’s Maiden Voyage.