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Door County Maritime Museum Pirate Exhibit

December 8, 2012 by


Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean was released in 2003, with a kohl-eyed Johnny Deep playing the swarthy Jack Sparrow, there’s been a resurgence of interest in all things pirate.

This holiday season, take your family or your loved one for a fun and educational trip to the Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum for the exhibit “Pirates – Ship to Shore.” The exhibit explores the life and times of the buccaneers that roamed the east coast of North America and the Caribbean Sea during the golden age of piracy. Visit the costume room to play pirate dress-up; explore the old port village of Nassau and walk the decks of the pirate ship Fortune. The bold can ready Fortune’s guns to fire. Take in fine art inspired by these scalawags by renowned artist Don Maitz, housed in the village’s small fort. You can even check out some genuine sunken treasure found in the assayer’s office. Maties, don’t miss it!

Visit the Maritime Museum this Winter

Exhibit curator Jon Paul Van Harpen provides an exhibit that the museum promises is better than the predecessor. “Pirates – Ship to Shore” closes January 31, 2012 after more than a seven month run! The exhibit includes an eye-popping backdrop that will take you back some 300 years to a seafront port in the Caribbean. The museum is always a great place to spend a cold, grey winter day – even more so if it makes you feel like you’re in the Caribbean!

Pirates Love Wine and So Should You!

Captain Jack Sparrow was never far from a bottle of rum or wine – and indeed, we recommend the same for you! A visit to the museum is even better with a stop at Wisconsin’s finest winery. We are about 20 minutes outside of Sturgeon Bay in Algoma. Come in before your trip to the museum for a tasting (always free) or on your way home to pick up some Wisconsin wine to serve with dinner.

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