A new exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy and examines the cultural impression it left on the world.
"Titanic at 100: Myth and Memory," features interactive elements, original documents and photographs from the ill-fated ocean liner.
The exhibit also includes Marconigrams, the wireless messages revealing details of how events unfolded on the night of April 15, 1912 when the ship struck an iceburg.
"Here was the first time I got to see messages. The wireless messages. And I had never thought of them before," said visitor Doreen Joseph.
"I think it is such a mixture of drama romance and controversy and everything all mixed together in one story," said visitor Ann Richards.
One of the highlights of the exhibit is the only surviving paper telegram from the Titanic.
It was brought off the ship by a passenger when it stopped in Ireland.
"It really has the perfect blend of glamour and tragedy. It had some of the most famous people of its day but also a lot of ordinary people. People who were immigrating to the United States. It was one of the most told stories of its era," said Chief Curator Sarah Henry.
"Here you get to study the first hand accounts. The reality of the sinking of the ship, and how it went down, practically minute by minute," said Historical Consultant Gregg Dietrich.
Admission is $5 through April and children under nine get in for free.
For more information, visit seany.org.