Take a field trip to the Whydah Pirate Museum and prepare for a journey back in time! The museum gives your class a firsthand look at the colonial world as it was in 1717—an era marked by global commerce, tall ships, and scores of seafaring bandits who preyed upon them.
View Authentic Pirate Artifacts
Students will see the instruments used by sailors to navigate the seas, the lines and rigging that powered wind-driven ships, carpenter’s tools for repairs and woodworking, early firearms that revolutionized warfare, and gold “doubloons” and silver “pieces of eight” prized by rich merchants and outlaw pirates alike—plus much more! These are not mere reproductions, but authentic artifacts handled by real people from the past.
Learn About Archaeological Recovery And Preservation
Beyond displaying and explaining these items, the museum’s onsite Sea Lab and Learning Center also demonstrates how these artifacts are recovered, excavated, and preserved. Students will learn how “concretions”—underwater time capsules made of seafloor sediments—form through chemical reactions, as well as the tools and techniques archaeologists use to uncover and conserve the artifacts contained inside. What better way to learn about underwater archaeology than by searching for 300-year-old pirate treasure?
Visiting the Whydah Pirate Museum is an exciting and educational experience for students of all ages, including special needs learners. Educators interested in planning a class trip to the museum should contact the museum: