Pirates and Treasure Exhibit at Mid-America Science Museum

Just a quick heads up that the traveling exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates
& Treasure will open at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot
Springs on February 14.

”We’re thrilled to bring this exhibit to Arkansas,” said Andy Marquart,
Executive Director, in a news release. “It is rare to find a truly hands-on and
educational exhibition that focuses on collections, technology, adventure and
history the way that this does.”

The exhibit, which will be on display at the museum until Sept. 4, has been featured at only 7 other museums in the country. It first opened in 2005 in New Orleans but due to Hurricane Katrina, closed on the day of the opening. It re-opened in 2006.
The exhibit is
filled with interactive games that allow visitors to experience shipwreck
exploration while exploring some of the world’s greatest maritime stories.
Featuring over 500 authentic shipwreck artifacts recovered by Odyssey in the
Atlantic Ocean, English Channel and Mediterranean Sea, the exhibit takes
visitors on a voyage through 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.

The story of one of America’s most famous shipwrecks, the Civil War era
SS Republic, is the highlight of the exhibit. First-hand accounts from the
passengers aboard the Republic during her final stormy journey help paint the
picture of the tragic demise. Visitors can even step inside a hurricane wind
tunnel to experience the high-powered winds that brought down the Republic, as
well as thousands of other famous ships throughout history.

The pioneering techniques and technology that allowed Odyssey to
discover some of the most famous wreck sites in the world including ancient
Roman and Phoenicians wrecks, the Republic, the “Black Swan” site, German U-boats,
French and Barbary pirate ships, and Balchin’s HMS Victory are also presented.
A full-size replica of ZEUS, Odyssey’s eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle
(ROV) which acts as the archaeologist’s hands and eyes in the deep ocean will
also be on display. Guests can test their skills by attempting to pick up
artifacts with a working model of ZEUS’ robotic arm.

The “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.

The exhibit comes to the museum care of Odyssey Marine Exploration,
Inc.  The company is engaged in
deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and is a world leader in
shipwreck exploration, conducting extensive search and archaeological recovery
operations on deep-ocean shipwrecks around the world.

Odyssey recently located the shipwreck of the SS Gairsoppa,
which sank in 1941 carrying a reported cargo of up to seven million ounces of
silver. The Company also discovered the Civil War-era shipwreck of the SS Republic
in 2003 and recovered over 50,000 coins and 14,000 artifacts from the site
nearly 1,700 feet deep. Odyssey also has other shipwreck projects in various
stages of development around the world.

 Odyssey’s shipwreck operations are
the subject of a Discovery Channel television series titled “Treasure

 Mid-America Science Museum is
located at 500 Mid America Blvd. For hours of operation and ticket prices,
please visit their website at www.midamericamuseum.org


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