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Swashbuckler: The Romance of the Pirate

As the day for our Pirates Pack the Park event draws near (less than a week now!), I have begun to think about exhibitions we’ve had about pirates. I believe we’ve had two in the past twenty years, Swashbuckler: The Romance of the Pirate and Under the Black Flag: Life Among the Pirates, although I was only fortunate enough to see the former. The opening of Swashbuckler was set to coincide with the release of the second Pirates of the Caribbean Movie, Dead Man’s Chest, in 2006. I remember the exhibition as being vibrant and fun, while at the same time educational as it explored real pirates and pirates in popular culture. Below are some photos from Swashbuckler.

This was the entrance to the exhibition and talks about a few of the most famous pirates, the one’s most of us know at least a little something about, including Blackbeard.

Here we had little island of treasure set up, as well as the deck of a ship with pirates on it. Some of the cutout pirates on the deck are still hanging out in one of our curator’s office and I see them every time I walk down the hall.

So, if you are looking for something to do this coming Saturday (the 21st) or would simply like to be part of a historic moment, come down to The Mariners’ Museum and help us break the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of pirates. But before you do, make sure you check out our website HERE for details. It’s going to be a fun event!

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