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"Experience Titanic" museum coming to Niagara Falls, ON next spring

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Posted at 9:22 AM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 09:22:14-05

You're watching Jack and Rose frantically find a way to stay alive as the "unsinkable ship" goes down, and you think, "Oh my gosh. I can't imagine what that would be like."

Well, now you can. A new interactive museum is coming to Niagara Falls, Ontario to give you the opportunity to experience the Titanic the way Jack and Rose did.

According to Global News, the "Experience Titanic" hopes to recreate the experience of sailing on board the ship.

David Van Velzen, who is leading the project, says the museum will have rooms replicated from the 1912 ocean liner, and will go as far as to recreate the experience of the ship hitting the iceberg before it went down, according to the Global News.

Van Velzen also told the Global News the museum will teach the various Canadian connections to the ship - about 130 Canadian passengers on board had ties to southern Ontario between Toronto and Fort Erie. Van Velzen hopes to build those passengers' stories into the museum.

The Global News says in order to connect the museum guests to the passengers who were once on board the ship, guests will get a boarding pass with the name and information of a passenger and learn about him or her as they travel through the exhibit.

The main focus of the Titanic experience will be to recreate a realistic experience of what it was like to live on the ship. Van Velzen told the Global News museum goers will go through every room and aspect of the ship, and a multi-sensory experience will create the sounds and, and even the temperature, of what it may have been like that night.

Lex Parker Design Consultants Ltd., the company working on the design of the building and the interiors, says "Experience Titanic" is planning to be built on the existing site of the former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena.

According to the Global News, Van Velzen hopes to own the property for the museum by April and would like to open the exhibit in spring 2018.