An all-new historical pirate experience is coming soon to Salem, Massachusetts! Real Pirates Salem will open on April 9, 2022, to share the story of the shipwrecked Whydah with a one-of-a-kind exhibition.
Inside Real Pirates Salem, visitors will find an exhibition devoted to the treasures and artifacts found in the Whydah, which was discovered by renowned archeological explorer Barry Clifford in 1984, 267 years after going down in a storm off of Cape Cod.
In addition to offering a look at the artifacts recovered from Whydah, Real Pirates Salem will include a number of interactive activities for visitors of all ages. The museum’s Discovery Lab will include hands-on programming for kids where they can learn how to tie nautical knots, raise sails and flags, and even touch real pirate treasure, as well as a view into the museum’s preservation lab to learn about underwater archaeology. The interactive experiences at Real Pirates Salem continue with the exhibit’s complimentary photo ops, and the opportunity for visitors to handle authentic Whydah coins.
While exploring the exhibition, visitors are invited to take a complimentary audio tour with narration by Barry Clifford that focuses on the past present, and even the future of the Whydah with information on things still to be discovered and preserved.
In addition to the Whydah, Real Pirates Salem will include information and exhibits on the Pirate Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Maria Hallett, aka the “Witch of Wellfleet,” fitting for the museum’s location in Witch City. There will also be exhibits on the Whydah‘s crew and how they searched for the treasure that made its way onto the ship, as well as how the Whydah was ultimately wrecked off of Cape Cod.
Visit Real Pirates Salem on Charlotte Forten Park at 285 Derby Street during your next trip to Salem. The museum is located right on Salem’s historic waterfront within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and attractions, and parking is located nearby in the Congress Street Garage
Real Pirates Salem will be open beginning April 9, 2022, at 12 pm, then daily 10 am-6 pm, with admission rates of $16.50 for adults, $13 for children, and $13.50 for seniors. To start planning your visit, head to RealPiratesSalem.com.