Attraction is tribute to the 187 Irish aboard the ship.

This article is based on a February 22, 2022, news release from Titanic Museum.

BRANSON—Irish fairy fantasy cottages have taken root at the Titanic Museum and will remain visible to visitors during the attraction’s March tribute to the 187 Irish passengers and crew on the Titanic.

The supposedly unsinkable ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City.

Photo courtesy Titanic Museum in Branson.

Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, president/COO and co-owner of the Titanic Museum, explained why the attraction chose to exhibit the Irish fairy cottages.

“While the wee builders remain invisible to humans, proof of their presence can be clearly seen in the enchanting, whimsical dwellings they’ve planted throughout the ship,” Mary says in a news release. “No two are alike; each have their own name and unique features. However, the ones with realistic architectural elements still stand with one foot in reality—and the other in a fairytale.”

Jeanne Waters-Hill, founder of Touche’, a preeminent Missouri design studio and designer of the mythological, Titanic cottages, says the design process for the project was especially challenging.

“I had to put on my sculptor’s hat, then think about it, research it, and tap into 45 years of experience until an image slowly emerged. All in all, it took about 50 to 60 hours to build one cottage from development, construction to installation,” Jeanne says.

Jeanne has been Titanic’s interior design imagineer since opening days in Branson (2006) and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (2010).

“Her talent for creating emotional environments to showcase our exhibits continues to amaze me. I can’t wait for the world to see the fantasy, Irish fairy cottages she designed in honor of the Irish on board Titanic,” Mary adds.

The Titanic Museum Attraction ships in Branson and Pigeon Forge are open daily at 9 a.m. Advance reservations are required by calling 800-381-7570. Masks are required. Click here for more information.