Landlubbers are invited to enjoy a swashbuckling day out at the Museum of Somerset this summer with the announcement of its family blockbuster exhibition.
The museum will host the touring exhibition ‘Pirates! Fact and Fiction’ where visitors can enjoy taking a journey through pirate history, film and literature. From the Cilician pirates of the Roman Mediterranean, to the Golden Age pirates of the Caribbean, landlubbers will discover more about the ships, weapons, tactics, and usually short-lived careers of these notorious adventurers. There will also be a display about Somerset’s own buccaneer, William Dampier.
The museum will offer many ways for children to transform themselves from landlubbers into salty sea dogs. “All pirates need an eye patch,’ said Captain Susie Simmons the museum manager, “so our young visitors can follow a treasure trail to become a pirate and win an eye patch. Down on the Pirate Play Deck, they can walk the plank above shark-infested waters, make a treasure map, and more.”
The exhibition runs from 9 July to 1 October (open Tuesday to Saturday) with the Pirate Play Deck open during school holidays and on Saturdays. In addition, the museum will be open on a Monday from 18 July to 29 August. There will be a small admission charge of £2 per person for the exhibition and £2 per child for the Pirate Play Deck (aimed at ages 3 to 11.) The exhibition is provided by Pop-Up Exhibitions.
For more information visit: www.swheritage.org.uk