Over the years, we’ve heard many tales of danger and excitement associated with pirates, but to learn some real history about them and their adventures, head to the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
Featuring detailed maps and ship artifacts, the museum paints an interesting picture of the life and history of pirates who plied the waters of the Atlantic. The main focus of the exhibit is the ship Whydah, which left the African coast in 1716 filled with slaves, only to be captured by a fleet of pirate ships. Shipwrecked in 1717 off the shore of Cape Cod, it was discovered by noted diver Barry Clifford and his team in the 1990’s. The artifacts they recovered provide a valuable look into the culture and history of 18th Century piracy.
Visitors to the Whydah Pirate Museum can take a self-tour through several rooms and see the ship’s authentic artifacts, as well as additional materials that help paint the picture of pirate life during that tumultuous era.
Whydah Pirate Museum
674 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA
April: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:00 p.m.)
Check website or call for updated summer hours
Adults/$18.95, seniors/$16.95, youth 5-17/$14.95, children 4 and under/free
From Whalewalk Inn, guests can take US-6 and be at the museum is about one-half hour. We’ll be happy to point out other nice places to visit or grab a bite along the way. Don’t have a reservation yet? Give us a call!