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Just in time for the 100th anniversary, "Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition" steams into The Henry Ford. The museum is in Dearborn, Michigan, about an hour drive from Toledo. But be prepared to be transported out to sea and back in time.

April 14th, 1912 -- That's the day the most luxurious ocean liner the world had ever seen hit an iceberg and sunk.

You may have heard the story, and seen the movie, but this summer, The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan is offering you a more immersive experience.

"If you flip that over, it has the name of an actual passenger that would have been traveling on board Titanic for the maiden voyage."

Your tour starts with a boarding pass to the largest traveling exhibit of its kind, including artifacts and full-scale recreations from the shipwrecked titanic.

"So all of the artifacts that you see in this exhibition have been recovered from the wreck site of Titanic," Theresa Nelson with the R.M.S. Titanic, Inc. says.

Step through a reproduction of the D-deck door and hallway and see how first class passengers boarded.

"Our company actually worked off the blueprints that White Star Line used to build and Harlan and Wolf used to build the Titanic," Nelson says.

You can also see where everyone stayed from the third-class "steerage" to first-class staterooms.

"In today's currency, a first-class ticket on Titanic would have cost nearly $60,000."

Here's another number -- at 10,000 square feet, this is the largest exhibit ever hosted by The Henry Ford.

"What separates this exhibit from others you may have seen is you don't just get to look at a replica of the grand staircase, you actually get to walk on it. When you stand before this, it's kind of hard not to be in awe of its construction, considering this would have been on the ship 100 years ago."

This is what the Titanic looked like while on a collision course that would seal its fate and claim the lives of more than 1,500 souls on board. It's easy to forget you're still in a museum.

Another interactive exhibit is this iceberg. It's actually a sheet of metal that's frozen. The water was colder than this ice and the challenge is to see how long you can keep your hand on it.

What you may find even more compelling are the 300 artifacts themselves. They were retrieved during expeditions two and a half miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

"So you can see here, some au gratin dishes, how they were found at the bottom of the ocean, and then how they are today."

Even paper products, such as trolley tickets or money, are still in tact because they were encased in leather. They survived and so does a fascination with tragic story of the Titanic.

At the very end of the tour, you can cross-reference your boarding pass and see whether your passenger was saved or was lost.

But don't fret. If you want to end on an uplifting note, you can get a green-screen photo on ship's bow and declare yourself king of the world.

"Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition" opens Saturday and runs through mid-September. There's a separate ticket fee of $10 on top of your museum admission. The Henry Ford I-Max is also running the 3-D release of the James Cameron film "Titanic."

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