Thomas Costello, aged 9, from Holywood and Cora Walsh, aged 8, from Dromore beat off stiff competition from over 200 entries from around Northern Ireland to be named Titanic Belfast’s Junior Explorers 2016/17
For their first assignment, we gave them an exclusive preview of our must-see summer exhibition Race to the End of the Earth
The exhibition, which has been described by the New York Times as “engrossing”, comes to us from the American Museum of Natural History
for its first ever appearance in the UK and Ireland, and will be on display in The Andrews Gallery from 25th June to 28th August
Through a series of interactive, multimedia experiences, hands on activities and life-size recreations, the world-class exhibit takes kids, parents and explorer enthusiasts alike on a journey through the most stirring account of Antarctic exploration of all time – Scott versus Amundsen!
Thomas, Cora and their families were among the first to be brought back in time to follow in the footsteps of Norway’s Roald Amundsen and Britain’s Robert F. Scott as they embark on a 1,800-mile journey to be the first to reach the South Pole, showing what life was like for the explorers on the ice 100 years ago as they faced not only the ultimate limits of human endurance but some of the harshest weather conditions in the world, as well of the risk of starvation and frostbite.
Talking about his favourite part of the exhibition, Thomas said, “I really liked looking at the detail of the cabins and comparing the snow googles, as well as trying the interactive games! The staff were really helpful and have answers to all of your questions – I would love the exhibition to stay for longer!”
Meanwhile a special sensory section allowing guests to experience the smells and feel the icy coldness that the explorers would have encountered on the expedition proved popular with Cora who “loved the penguin feathers and ice”.
Race to the End of the Earth
officially opens on Saturday 25th
June – book your tickets now
Race to the End of the Earth is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France, and Royal BC Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.