I recently went inside Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at the San Diego Natural History Museum and it’s amazing!
The exhibition features the only authenticated pirate shipwreck–the Wydah–discovered in U.S. waters.
The Wydah sank off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the 1700s.
While growing up in the area, underwater explorer Barry Clifford heard legends about the ship, and his curiosity only grew as he got older.
He started researching the Wydah in the late 1970s, and in 1984, when they were down to their last dollar, Clifford and his team hit the jackpot.
The exhibition features 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck site, including jewelry, weapons and gold coins.
Visitors can also come face-to-face with the Wydah’s bell, and walk through a full-size replica of the ship’s stern.
Reserved timed-entrance tickets for Real Pirates are available online or at the Admissions Desk at the Museum. Museum members can purchase tickets for $15 per person. Other special discounts are available for BP Explorers, students, children, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more. Click here for more information on tickets.
For a sneak peek at the exhibit and my interview with Clifford, click on the video below!