Elvis is in the building! Well, sort of. Currently on display at the Titanic Museum in Branson, MO is a gold watch previously owned and worn by the late King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.
If Elvis were alive today, he'd probably be amused that his watch is on display in a place that commemorates an event that took place more than 20-years before his birth. Presley didn't have any kind of connection with anything Titanic, but the museum does have a gallery focused on music honoring Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley and the eight members of the band who famously played on until the end.
The timepiece, made by Swiss luxury watchmaker Universal Geneve, has a 14K gold case and a band and clasp made of Italian gold. The watch is inscribed "Elvis, love Sam" as it was a gift to Elvis from Sam Phillips, the late owner of Sun Records in Memphis, the place where the star cut the early records that launched his career. On loan to the museum through Oct. 30, 2020, the watch is owned by New Orleans-based antiques dealer William Bednarczyk.
Of course there's plenty of fun (and education) to be had at the Titanic Museum; visitors can enjoy the facsimile of the ship by walking her halls, seeing her parlors and cabins and traversing the luxury liner's Grand Staircase, constructed as the original, complete with oak carvings and the cherub statue. About 400 artifacts from the Titanic are on display, and you can even touch a real ice berg! The Titanic Museum is currently limiting the number of guests allowed and following CDC guidelines as to social distancing and mask use. Advance ticketing is required. Find more information here.
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