SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, Presented by Monaco Rare Coins, brings real shipwreck treasures - and the technology used to recover it - right to the Farmington Museum! Find out what it's like to be a shipwreck explorer, the captain of a sinking ship or a pirate on the run with hands-on activities including a robotic arm to pick up treasure and a hurricane simulator to challenge the storm. Discover more than 500 priceless artifacts recovered from famous shipwrecks including real gold and silver treasure recovered from thousands of feet deep.

September 30 - February 17    

Monday-Friday  8:00am - 5:00pm            Saturdays 8:00am - 7:00pm*

Adults $7  - Kids 3-12 yrs. $4 - Kids 2 & under FREE

Filled with interactive games and challenges, SHIPWRECK! allows visitors to experience the thrill of shipwreck exploration while investigating some of the world’s greatest maritime stories. Featuring authentic shipwreck artifacts recovered in the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel and Mediterranean Sea, the exhibit takes visitors on a voyage through more than 2,000 years of seafaring history. A variety of authentic shipwreck treasure, decorative porcelain figurines, personal items like combs and tooth brushes and even the 300-year-old logarithmic calculator on a folding rule – the oldest ever recovered on a shipwreck site, will be on display. Brave guests can also step into the exhibit’s hurricane simulator which generates78 mph winds (equivalent to a Category 1 storm) to experience the forces that have taken down many mighty shipwreck in history.

The fascinating story of one of America’s most famous shipwrecks, the Civil War-era SS Republic, is the highlight of the exhibit. The Republic’s vivid history is brought to life by the wide variety of treasure on display in the exhibit. First-hand accounts from the passengers aboard the Republic during her final stormy journey help paint the picture of the tragic demise. 

The pioneering techniques and technology that allowed the discovery of these wreck sites are also presented. A full-size replica of ZEUS, an eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which acts as the archaeologist’s hands and eyes in the deep ocean will be on display.

Guests can test their skills by attempting to pick up artifacts with a working model of ZEUS’ robotic arm. An interactive version of the SS Republic photomosaic is also on display. Visitors can zoom in on specific areas of the photomosaic to find artifacts as small as a domino. More than 2,500 digital photographs, taken by ZEUS, were stitched together to create this large scale photographic map of the wreck site.

Finally, SHIPWRECK!’s “World of Pirates” interactive gallery and activities immerse visitors with the lore, legends, and facts of pirates of the Caribbean, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers and Buccaneers.  Guests can learn how to identify pirate vessels on the horizon using spyglasses, raise the banners of notorious pirates, learn to tie essential knots for life on the high seas, and create their own pirate in an interactive game!

*Last tickets are sold at 7:00 pm on Saturdays, but you will still have time to explore the exhibit once you enter!

For more info call the Farmington Museum at (505) 599-1174!