There are few icons from the last century that have stood the test of time. Rising like a heroine from the ashes of the Great Depression, the Queen Mary ship became the fashion of ocean travel and a defender of the peace in World War II. Long retired from sea travel, the Queen Mary is now a clarion reminder of another age, and yet continues to appeal to a million and half visitors each year.
In an effort to showcase the Queen Mary’s historic legacy, these web pages illustrate the vision of a future world-class museum and science center. Located in the ship’s former engine rooms and adjacent spaces, the 65,000 square foot museum will feature a science center, educational classrooms, 4D theater, and museum-quality exhibition spaces for in-house curated installations as well as traveling shows. This museum will be an important destination for educators, students, school groups, scholars and the general public interested in maritime explorations past, present and future and the ship’s narrative. Additional areas of presentation will include maritime economics, oceanography, space and solar education, import/export commerce and related themes that showcase sea technologies and travel. The science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) disciplines are core to the museum’s educational initiative and interweaving each area of emphasis is integral to the museum’s mission. The museum will implement state-of-the-art learning and interactive systems.
A significant part of this new venture is the establishment of national and international partnerships and strong collaborations with other maritime institutions and U.S. federal agencies.
With so much space to utilize, this living museum will present a unique and engaging experience as it will constantly evolve as exhibitions come and go. It will be a place for visitors to be fully enthralled and entertained while providing an authentic atmosphere that fulfills an important niche as North America’s preeminent steamship museum.
John Jenkins Jr.
The Queen Mary