The classic 1997 James Cameron film “Titanic” was of course filmed primarily on a recreated set of the famous ship, which was built at Fox Baja Studios in Mexico. In 2017, however, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California held a unique exhibition on the ship, where it combined real artifacts from the sunken ship alongside props and sets from the film. It was the largest collection of artifacts from passengers of the ship since the fateful night it collided with an iceberg a century before.
The exhibit has unfortunately since closed, but here we’ll take a look at some of the props, costumes and sets from the film that were on display.
This is the set of the famous scene where Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, draws a nude Rose, played by Kate Winslet.
Here are some props from the scene, including Rose’s mirror, butterfly hairpin and comb, as well as her “Heart of the Ocean” necklace.
Here is Jack’s sketchbook and pencil case. On top of the sketchbook is also the note Rose leaves for Cal, played by Billy Zane. She places the note inside his safe, along with the necklace. Her note reads, “Darling – Now you can keep us both locked up inside your safe. Rose.”
This is the set of Jack and his friend Fabrizio’s cabin, designed for third class passengers.
Here is the Marconi Room, another set from the film, where the ship sent out it’s distress calls and communicated with other ships. Without it, no one would’ve known why or where the ship had sunk.
Jack Dawson’s suit as he boards the ship.
Rose wears this dress while the ship is sinking.
Molly Brown, played by Kathy Bates, wears this dress.
Bruce Ismay, played by Jonathan Hyde, wears these pajamas and overcoat.
Here is a dress worn by one of the first class passengers in the film.
Moving on to more props from the film, here is the clock and cherub from the grand staircase of the ship, where Jack greets Rose.
Some scale miniatures were also built for the film, including a 45 foot long model of the ship. Here are some pieces from the miniature.
The ax Rose uses to free Jack, who is handcuffed in his cabin.
While the exhibit closed down in 2018, due to the enduring popularity of both the film and the history of the ship itself, these artifacts are bound to find their way into another, future exhibition.
We leave you with one last prop from the film, which was not part of the Reagan Library exhibit. Rather, it can be found at Planet Hollywood in Florida. It’s the piece of wood that Rose floats on at the end of the film.
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