Key Milwaukee

May 2013

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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See real pirate gold, artifacts at Milwaukee Public Museum REAL PIRATES, a National Geographic exhibition featuring treasures from the only authenticated pirate shipwreck found in U.S. waters, will be a top destination for families through May 27 at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The touring exhibition separates fact from fiction about the pirate trade and gives visitors glimpses into the lives of pirates through artifacts, hands‐on activities, captivating re‐creations, enactors portraying crew members, and a fascinating exploration of underwater archaeology. The Whydah was located by underwater explorer Barry Clifford in 1984. Clifford is still actively excavating the wreck site and continues to bring treasures to the surface every year. Visitors learn the captivating true story of the Whydah, one of the most successful pirate ships of the Golden Age of Piracy, from its roots as a slave ship to its takeover and conversion into a pirate ship in the early 1700s. In addition to displaying centuries‐old artifacts, the exhibition includes hands‐on activities where visitors can raise a pirate flag, tie real sailors' knots, touch real pirate treasure, and look through a telescope to find ships with treasure on board. Visitors also can walk through a re‐creation of the Whydah, explore the roles of the different members of her crew and ask questions of pirate re-enactors strolling through the exhibition. Real Pirates tickets include both admission to the special exhibit and to the Milwaukee Public Museum's outstanding permanent exhibit galleries.Ticket prices are $24 for adults MondayThursday; $26 for adults Friday- Sunday; $17.50 for children Monday-Thursday and $18.50 for children Friday-Sunday. 66 The exhibition is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, with extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. The last entry is 60 minutes prior to closing on all dates. Visit for information about the exhibition.

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