29 March 2012
Last updated at 20:24
The old with the new. Titanic Belfast stands in the shadows of another of the city's iconic landmarks - the Harland & Wolff cranes.
The jagged interior of the building includes a compass rose in the atrium, one of the last major internal features of the building to be completed. Concept architect Eric Kuhne said: "The building's form conjures up a mass of maritime metaphors; its four projecting segments are instantly evocative of ships prows ploughing their way through the North Atlantic swell."
View from the first floor of the lobby of the Titanic Belfast atrium, which was designed to evoke the jostling angles of an early 20th century shipyard.
The interior panels of the building have been treated to look like those used on the iconic ship itself. The landmark attraction aims to tell the story of Belfast and the Titanic to 400,000 visitors a year, with almost half coming from outside Northern Ireland.
The opening section features silhouettes of characters strolling the streets of 1900s Belfast. In the early 20th century the city was a global leader in engineering, ship-building and linen manufacturing. Harland and Wolff was among largest shipyards in the world at the time.
An interactive map shows visitors a historical context to Belfast in 1900s telling visitors about the industrial geography of the city, and the thriving firms which contributed to the building of the Titanic.
The shipyard ride comes complete with heat and smell, taking the visitors back to life in the Harland and Wolff shipyard. Visitors access this section of the building by ascending a replica of one of the huge pillars of the shipyard's gantry, and embark on an electronic journey through the reality of shipbuilding in the 1900s.
The Titanic Belfast shows the workmanship that went into building the famous cruise liner, at the time the most luxurious and elegant ship in the world.
Visitors get a virtual tour of the ship's opulent interior using computer generated imagery. 100,000 people turned up to watch the launch of the ship from Belfast's slipways on 31 May 1911.
Exact replicas of first, second and third class cabins within the ship have been built. This is a recreation of a second-class cabin aboard the Titanic.
The splendour of a first-class cabin recreated. Not only did first-class passengers get to enjoy the finest facilities, they also had a much better chance of survival when the ship went down. 60% of first-class passengers survived compared to a quarter of third-class passengers.
Titanic Belfast includes a life-sized replica of the life boats used to rescue survivors from the sinking ship. The British inquiry into the disaster found that although Titanic was designed to carry 32 lifeboats, it only carried 20.
A replica of the famous stairway that led to the upper deck in one of the highlights of the building. The sumptuous staircase came to symbolise the splendour of the ship. It was recreated by a Northern Ireland firm of joiners, and is made up of over 10,000 parts. A crane had to lift the completed staircase through the roof of the Titanic Belfast building.