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Real Pirates can be seen in San Diego

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Real Pirates, presented by National Geographic brings visitors up close and personal with real pirate treasures and stories
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Balboa Park has a new story to tell. It's a story of treasure and gold, one of fortune and failure. Folklore or fact? The viewer may decide on the truth behind this new exhibit presented by National Geographic.

Real Pirates, a new exhibition at the NAT, tells the true story of Whydah, a pirate ship that sank in the ocean just shy of 300 years ago. Many artifacts collected from the excavation of this ship just off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, are on display, including treasure chests, coins, pistols and cannons. Also included in the exhibition is a life-size replica of the ship's stern that went down on April 26, 1717. Visitors may climb aboard and experience what it feels like to be on a ship at the time of piracy. In addition to viewing the many artifacts on display, visitors may enjoy an audio tour, raise a pirate flag, practice tying real sailors' knots, or look through a pirate telescope.

The NAT knows that Real Pirates will leave their visitors craving more. Thus, they have curated an additional exhibit titled Pirates: Unlikely Naturalists. In this exhibit, viewers are invited to view a rare collection of books documenting pirates and their lives. In addition, a large collection of pearls will be on display, showing the items sought after by pirates and their crew.

Click on the video included above to see what archeologists found on a similar ship excavation.

For additional information on Real Pirates, including ticketing and calendar, click here.

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