Whydah Pirate Museum Visit
So my three and half year old son has been very interested in pirates for a couple months now. Whenever we go to the library he finds all the nonfiction pirate books he can plus at home we have 1001 Pirate Things to Spot, Pirate Stories for Little Children, and Pirates Don’t Change Diapers all of which we read many times. Back in the Fall we found out from my neighbor who works on the recovery team of the Whydah that there is a pirate museum in Provincetown (plus another one will be opening were the ZooQuarium use to be in Yarmouth this summer) so I told the kids we would go at some point before the summer traffic starts but when the weather gets nice.
Well today (5/14) I decided it was a beautiful day and my kids said they did not mind the 50 minute drive each direction to Whydah Pirate Museum since they were so excited to go so of we set. The Whydah Pirate Museum is located at 16 MacMillian Wharf in Provincetown there is no parking at the actual museum which I learned the hard way by driving all the way down the Wharf and then driving in circles trying to find on street parking of which there was none. I finally ended up parking in the lot right by the wharf which is $3.50 an hour (I don’t like paying for parking). We walked down to the museum only to find out there is no bathroom there and the seasonal restrooms were not open yet so I recommend using the bathrooms by the visitors center before heading to the museum. Once entering the museum the kids were so excited about all the pirate things in the gift shop (they could have spent the whole visit in the gift shop). I paid for admission for myself which was $9 with the dollar off coupon found on freecapecod.com kids under 6 are free and 6-12 and 60+ are $8. The museum starts with a video made by National Geographics about the Whydah and its discovery by Barry Clifford which I did not watch because the kids were eager to see the “pirate things”. The museum is small with lots of great info for older kids and adults but not much for younger children. I did not get to read much of the info because my kids wanted to move to the next case and find the pirate treasure. There were a few cases where the items could be touch; these items include coins, a cannonball and ballases from the shipwreck. Some interesting facts we learned were there is no record of anyone actually walking the plank, pirates rarely fought battles and the carpenter usually were the person to treat the injured by amputating limbs. The kids last about 30 minutes in the museum and them had a great time looking and playing in the gift shop for another good 30 minutes.
I was expecting more content and exhibits geared toward kids at the museum but the kids seemed to be happy and fulfilled by the visit.
Have you been to any great local pirate experiences?
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