Titanic: Real Artifacts, Real People, Real Stories


Catalina Island Museum

Master Planning

Graphics Production

Installation Supervision

Titanic: Real Artifacts, Real People, Real Stories focuses on the human aspect of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The exhibit’s curation resulted in tailored artifacts, rare photographs, and a unique multimedia experience. Catalina Island Museum’s principal connection to the Titanic story lies with Lillian Minahan—one of the survivors of the event. For a time she lived on Catalina and it served as one of their favorite retreats. 

The initial challenge was distilling the plethora of potential Titanic storylines into one cohesive and succinct exhibition. Maple & Associates, LLC collaborated with the museum’s staff to define and narrow the overall arc of the story.

Content groupings were defined based on individual human accounts, image and artifact availability and their relationships and to these combined elements. Exhibit architecture evolved to augment the story and a graphic hierarchy was established to further clarify content groupings. 

Motivated as a response to the developing COVID 19 pandemic, a breakthrough interactive was created. The “Discovery the Titanic” interactive provides both a tactile and hands-free “x-ray” view into the ship as it travels through smooth night waters. This interactive was designed, produced and installed by Theatrical Concepts, Inc in Agoura California.