Visitors have been pouring through the doors of Southampton’s new maritime attraction.
Tickets to the new SeaCity Museum sold out on its first full open day after the ribbon was officially cut in April.
The new facility was opened by brothers William, eight, and Henry, six, Ward, whose great grandfather worked on the Titanic and survived the tragedy 100 years ago.
Queues formed outside SeaCity the following morning as people were eager to be among the first to see inside. A total of 1,600 people passed through the doors during the day.
The museum tells the story of the Titanic and its crew members, and takes visitors on a tour of Southampton’s maritime history.
Visitor Jane Graham from Fair Oak, who queued to get in on the first day, said: “I have been so impressed by the national press and local press I wanted to come and see for myself. I think the architecture is fantastic, you don’t normally see anything like this outside of London; I’ve just been so impressed.
“I think what’s important about the museum is that there is something for everyone. There are lots of interactives that help keep children interested and eager to learn more.”
Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, who attended the opening ceremony the day before, said: “The museum tells the story of the Titanic through people’s stories, and makes sure that these are kept for the future and are accessible for all ages.
“I have two children myself and they will absolutely love the interactive experiences on offer at SeaCity.”