Real Pirates exhibit brings the Whydah to life

If you’re craving a pirate fix (and let’s face it, if you’re living in Denver, you probably are) you can head to the Denver Museum of Natural Science, where the Real Pirates immersion exhibit tells the tale of the Whyda, the slave-ship-turned-pirate-ship, commanded by Capt. Sam Bellamy, that sank in 1717 off the coast of Cape Cod and is, to my understanding, the first pirate shipwreck ever discovered in North America.

What a cute crew! From L-R: Hendrick Quintor, John King, Capt. Sam Bellamy, John Julian

On display: treasure the Whydah was carrying from over 50 different plundered ships. You also get to meet a Real Life Pirate Princess and Sweet Polly Oliver, Joquette Devereaux, who grew up on Hispaniola, the daughter of a cartographer, and joined the Whydah crew dressed like a man.

Find out more at the official site above. But you have to make it in before August 21, when the traveling exhibit heads to my current neck of the woods, Minneapolis.

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