|See the World’s First Exhibition of Authentic Pirate Treasure|
Real Pirates opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Oct. 8
WHAT: Eye patches. Peg legs. Captain Hook. There are numerous myths that exist about pirates. Now, discover the true story—one more powerful than fiction—when Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Oct. 8.
Real Pirates reveals the story behind the Whydah, a slave ship overtaken and turned into a pirate ship in the early 18th century. The Whydah sank off the coast of Cape Cod in a fierce storm in 1717.
Meet the crew of a real pirate ship, one member younger than eleven years old, and gain insight into early 18th century piracy. Featuring more than 200 artifacts recovered from the shipwreck, experience the fascinating history of the Whydah in an exhibition where visitors can actually touch real pirate treasure.
WHO: Mark Lach, Senior Vice President, Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI)
David Temple, Associate Curator of Paleontology, Houston Museum of Natural Science
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030
HOW: Contact Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or come to Museum Services for assistance.
WHY: “Many of today’s tales of pirates are actually more fiction than fact. Real Pirates unveils the truth surrounding these intriguing men who joined together from all walks of life, and dispels myths behind folklore popularized by pop culture,” said David Temple, associate curator of paleontology for the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® 3D Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.