Have you always been fascinated by pirates? Well, we have good news for you. During your next visit to the Cape, how about walking in the footsteps of real pirates? The Whydah Pirate Museum is one of our favorite attractions. It features a great collection of artifacts from the remains of a sunken pirate ship! Read on to learn more about this great museum, and start planning your visit today.
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Ahoy, Buccaneers! Have the Best Time at the Whydah Pirate Museum!
It’s One of the Best Small Museums on Cape Cod
The Whydah Pirate Museum might not be the biggest museum on Cape Cod, but it’s one of the most fun and interesting around. You can fulfill your childhood dreams and dive into the world of pirates for an hour or two as you roam around the small building in West Yarmouth. It’s only 35 minutes away from Chatham Gables Inn! The museum opening times vary depending on the season, so we highly recommend checking their hours page before your visit. Adult tickets cost $18.95, but if you are over the age of 65, you can get in for $16.95.
Learn About the Pirate Heritage of Cape Cod
What can you see at the Whydah Pirate Museum? The whole museum is based around the remains of the Whydah Pirate ship, which was wrecked off the Cape Cod seashore along Wellfleet in 1717. It is said that its captain, Sam Bellamy, was on his way to reunite with his beloved, Maria Hallett, when the sinking occurred. Out of 146 men, only two survived. It’s known to be the worst wreck of Cape Cod’s history!
The ship was discovered lying at the bottom of the ocean by explorer Barry Clifford, and within it, he found a multitude of artifacts and treasures. Marvel at the authentic weapons, jewelry, and clothing and learn about the fascinating conservation work that went into preserving this Cape Cod gem.
Cool fact: Did you know the Whydah’s treasure is the only pirate treasure ever found in the world?
Dress Like Jack Sparrow at The Museum Shop
The Whydah Pirate Museum is a fun and spooky place to visit, especially if you’re a history buff or pirate lover. Once your tour is over, stop by the museum shop and deck yourself out in pirate’s gear! First, because why not? Second, every purchase you make goes into financing further archeological work for the museum. It’s a great way to bring back fun souvenirs for your loved ones. Browse through their collection of books, apparel, jewelry, toys, and fulfill your pirate’s destiny!
Live Like a Pirate, Sleep Like a King at Chatham Gables Inn
After spending the afternoon exploring the hidden treasures of the Whydah Pirate Museum, come home to a cozy room at Chatham Gables Inn! Our splendid B&B is one of the best on Cape Cod, and you’ll see why as soon as you step through the door. Get ready for the most relaxing stay you’ve had in years. Take a look at our Madaket Room, for example. It’s located on the second floor and offers beautiful amenities such as a plush queen bed, fireplace stove, luxurious linens, and bath products, as well as comfy Ottoman chairs where you can unwind with a glass of wine in hand. Did we mention we’ll also have a delicious, homemade breakfast waiting for you downstairs in the morning? It’s so yummy you’ll wish it were morning all day long.