Whydah Pirate Museum Adventure
It was a Sunday at around three in the afternoon that my family and I arrived at the Whydah Pirate Museum located on route 28 in W. Yarmouth (where the Zooquarium use to be). We found free parking in front of the museum and took a few pictures with the pirate statues outside the museum. When you enter the museum to you right is the admission desk and gift shop. For this post I was provided two complementary tickets for an unbiased review and my three year old son was free so we only paid for my five year old daughter who was $11.50 with a coupon. Admission is usually $18.50 for an adult, 4-18 years old are $14.50 and kids three and under are free if you buy tickets ahead you can save $3 using promo code treasure. The Whydah is a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Welfleet almost 300 years ago.
As you enter the exibit there is the Whydah bell and a very short video about the Whydah that plays about every five minutes. The next exhibit room has lots of artifacts on display from the Whydah plus history about those objects. There is also information about Sam Belemy the Pirate captain of Whydah. These artifacts include cannons, guns, coins, syringes, and gun powder. Then there is a replica of the Whydah Galley inside which are many artifacts, information about everyday pirate life and why people became pirates. After that you can see the treasure chest full of coins and you learn that no pirates really buried treasures and nor did they make treasure maps. Before learning about the persecutions and end of piracy you get to see what the artifacts look like when they are brought up from the wreck site and what goes into retrieving and preserving each item.
Both my husband and I really enjoyed the whole museum and found all the information and displays interesting and informative. If my husband and I went alone two hours would be a good amount of time to allow. For the kids an hour and a half was plenty of time including a visit to the gift shop. The kids liked see all the artifacts quickly and move to the next thing as only a few of the exhibits are interactive. They did enjoy chatting with Chris (he is our neighbor and an archaeologist) and seeing some of the coins being removed from the concretion.
Have you been to the new pirate museum? What's your take?
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