Shipwreck Treasure Awaits at Nauticus in Norfolk

It's treasure that would make a pirate swoon, and it's on display this summer in Hampton Roads.

 Photo: Nauticus

Photo: Nauticus

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, a visiting exhibit at Norfolk’s maritime science center Nauticus, invites guests to discover more than 500 artifacts recovered from shipwrecks.

Presented by Monaco Rare Coins, SHIPWRECK! will take visitors on a time-traveling adventure as they go back through nearly 2,000 years of maritime history to learn about seafaring, pirates, and shipwrecks. Guests can check out hundreds of artifacts from wrecks including rare coins, silver bars from the SS Gairsoppa, personal items, and figurines. The story of the SS Republic will be told, and a full-size replica of the enormous Remotely Operated Vehicle ZEUS will give guests the chance to learn about deep ocean exploration. Visitors can even take a turn operating one of ZEUS's robotic arms, just like an archaeologist investigating a wreck underwater.

“World of Pirates,” the exhibit’s interactive gallery, will offer guests a hands-on lesson about living the swashbuckling life; from details about the pirates that ruled the Caribbean to learning how to tie knots that would make the most seasoned seafarer proud, the gallery will be quite the learning experience for mateys of all ages.

 Photo: Nauticus

Photo: Nauticus

Stephen E. Kirkland, Executive Director of Nauticus, says SHIPWRECK! is a great fit for the Tidewater area. “This exhibit is perfect for a region known for its rich piratical history and maritime heritage,” he says. “In fact, 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death and the pirate’s head famously being brought back to Hampton Roads.”

The exhibit is included in Nauticus admission and will be on display though September 3. To learn more, click here.

-Laura Boycourt

Laura Boycourt