Opening October 17 at The Manitoba Museum, National Geographic’s Real Pirates offers you and your family the unique opportunity to explore the first authentic pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. You’ll learn more about early 18th century piracy by discovering more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor.

Real Pirates tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago – and showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, cannons, pistols, knives and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board. Kids can also try their hands at raising a pirate flag, trying real sailors’ knots and looking through a telescope to find ships with treasure on board.

The Whydah was located by underwater explorer Barry Clifford in 1984. “Discovering the Whydah was the most exciting moment in my career,” says Clifford. “There are treasures from more than 50 other ships which the pirates robbed, providing a rare window into the mysterious world of 18th century pirates. Most importantly, it is a chance to bring the real story of pirates to the public as it’s never been told – through real objects last touched by real pirates.”

Admission prices for Real Pirates start at $6 and the exhibit opens to the public on October 17, 2014 running for a limited time.

For more information, visit The Manitoba Museum.

National Geographic’s Real Pirates at The Manitoba Museum