10News gets sneak peek at pirate exhibit about to open at San Diego Natural History Museum

'Real Pirates' opens to public Feb. 8

SAN DIEGO - A pirate exhibit like no other is about to open at the San Diego Natural History Museum at Balboa Park.

On Saturday, 10News got a sneak peek at "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship." The exhibit will open to the public on Feb. 8.

"It tells the life of pirates, how they lived, what they collected," said Susan Loveall, who is with the San Diego Natural History Museum.

The exhibit features a real-life pirate ship and real pirate treasure that was last touched by real pirates. The treasure, along with more than 200 artifacts, were recovered from the first full authenticated pirate ship ever discovered in U.S. waters.

"This particular boat, when it sank, had plunder from over 50 boats that it had captured in its short time as a pirate ship," said Loveall.

The exhibit portrays the Whydah, a real pirate ship that sank in a fierce storm off the East Coast in April of 1717.

The ship was discovered nearly 270 years later in 1984 by an underwater explorer.

"Visitors are able to get on deck, see kind of what it might have been like to actually be on top of a pirate ship, go below deck and see a carpenter, see a surgeon at work, see Captain Bellamy in his quarters," said Kyle Wesneski, the registrar for premier exhibitions.

The exhibit also includes pirates on display who also appear so life-like.

Loveall says it does not matter how old you are, the limited engagement exhibition is for everyone.

"Adults for the historic history and children to kind of learn how a pirate would have lived," she said.

The exhibition will be open through Labor Day. Tickets for adults are $27, children $18.

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