Milwaukee Public Museum kicks off new pirate display

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by Becky Mortensen

MILWAUKEE—The Milwaukee Public Museum debuted its newest display Thursday. The new exhibit, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah is a touring exhibition that includes treasure, weapons and even a replica of the Whydah ship.

The exhibition explores early 18th-century piracy with more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor.

Real Pirates tells the true story of the Whydah, a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. The exhibition showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives, and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board.

Real Pirates provides visitors with a glimpse into the unique economic, political and social circumstances of the early 18th-century Caribbean.

The exhibit was organized by National Geographic, Premier Exhibitions, Inc. and Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI) LLC. The debut will be presented by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

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