SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure

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SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure brings real shipwreck treasures - and the technology used to recover it - right to the Greensboro Science Center! 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.


GENERAL INFORMATION

EXHIBITION DATES:
May 26 - September 1, 2014

HOURS
Daily, 9am - 5pm
Last ticket will be sold at 4pm and last entry is 4:30pm each day.

TICKET PRICES*
(includes admission to SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, the Greensboro Science Center Museum, Carolina SciQuarium, & Animal Discovery Zoo)

$18.50 Adults (ages 14+)
$17.50 Seniors (ages 65+)
$17.50 Children (ages 3 - 13)
FREE: Children 2 and under
$5.00: Greensboro Science Center Members

*Other admission discounts do not apply. GSC Member rate applicable to Greensboro Science Center members only.

GROUP INFORMATION

GROUP VISITS
Available with advance reservation ONLY

$5.00 per person in addition to Group General Admission (minimum 10 paying customers)

FOR EDUCATORS

Field Trip Activities & Educational Material
SS Republic Lesson Plans

About SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure brings real shipwreck treasures and the technology used to recover them right to Greensboro Science Center! 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.
Shipwrecks in History

Wooden Folding RulerOver the past 3,000 years of maritime expeditions, many of the mightiest ships have fallen victim to fierce storms, war and plunder. Delve into the intriguing accounts of some of the most famous shipwrecks throughout history by exploring the Shipwrecks Around the World interactive map. On your journey you will see some of these fascinating finds, including a 17th-century wooden carpenter’s folding ruler (pictured, left) - the oldest of its kind ever to be discovered on a shipwreck! Among the other rarities on display is a mariner's astrolabe, one of less than a hundred on land today. As you pass through you will also marvel at an array of stunning 17th to 19th-century artifacts.


Odyssey's Discoveries

Pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, Odyssey has discovered more shipwrecks in the deep ocean than anyone else. Share Odyssey’s passion for history and archaeology and learn about their remarkable discoveries that have made world-wide headlines including the SS Republic, HMS Victory and SS Gairsoppa.

Pirates at Sea

CannonWith all this treasure, there must be pirates! Explore pirate lore, legend and facts in this interactive exhibit. Create your own pirate and find out if you have the skills to tie sailor's knots or identify friends or foes at sea. You will also encounter some of the most infamous pirates that terrorized the seas including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers and Buccaneers. An 18th century cannon from an unidentified shipwreck believed to be a xebec, the Barbary pirates’ vessel of choice, is featured.


Journey to the SS Republic
SS Republic Bottles

Following the devastating Civil War, the 1860s were a time of rebuilding and innovation across America. The Republic set sail from New York heading for New Orleans with a stunning assortment of ceramic goods, bottled fare, religious items and elegant glassware intended to restock the shelves of Southern merchants. You will journey back in time, "traveling aboard" the Republic and reliving her final historic voyage by seeing the assortment of cargo she carried and learning about the passengers on board.


Steaming into a Hurricane

Hurricane TubeSmooth sailing can quickly turn perilous when strong winds blow in. Weather plays a significant role in creating and locating shipwrecks. Experience firsthand the high-powered winds that brought down the Republic and other famous shipwrecks as you step into the hurricane wind tunnels. Then try steering a ship through a ferocious storm!


The Search for the SS Republic

Diving into archives, libraries, old journals and maps, Odyssey researchers gather as much information as they can to put together the missing pieces of the puzzle and answer the questions, "Why did the ship sink?"...and "Where is it now?"


Explorers at Sea

Robotic ArmSailing the high seas, armed with advanced technology and the world’s leading shipwreck experts, Odyssey is opening up the last unexplored frontier - the deep ocean. Explore the cutting-edge technology Odyssey uses to conduct its groundbreaking discoveries by experiencing up close life-sized models of some of these cool tools. You can even operate ZEUS’ robotic arm in interactive challenges, attempting to recover coins.


Discovery 1,700 Feet Below!

Gold CoinsDeep in the Atlantic Ocean, beyond the reach of human divers, Odyssey discovered the remains of the SS Republic - the greatest shipwreck of the Civil War era. Immerse yourself in the high-definition underwater video to compare the artifacts 1,700 feet deep with those just a few feet in front of you. Lost on the ocean floor for over a century, Odyssey conducted the first full archaeological excavation of a deep-ocean shipwreck using advanced robotics. Over 14,000 priceless artifacts and 51,000 coins were recovered from this historic shipwreck. Here you can see a cross section of the items from the shipwreck as they looked when recovered from the deep including a concretion of Civil War-era coins valued at over one million dollars, ship equipment, 19th-century tablewares, building supplies and even the coal used to power the ship.


Preserving History

Lost to the ocean depths often for centuries, artifacts must undergo conservation that starts as soon as they are recovered to the surface. Odyssey’s world-class conservation team explains the science of preserving history. Documentation is vital to preserving artifacts so come explore Odyssey’s Virtual Museum - accessible 24 hours a day from any computer around the world. Little explorers can explore the world of conservation and investigate clues that help determine how to save artifacts from deteriorating.


Treasures of the Deep

Gold isn't the only treasure found on shipwrecks. Some of our amazing discoveries provide today’s public and future generations a remarkable glimpse into life in the mid-19th century, including the societal trends, fashions and customs of the day. Delve into the many artifacts and lost treasure retrieved from the ocean depths and learn about the people who lived long ago through the objects they used, relied on and cherished in their daily lives including:

Child's redware tea set

• Priceless personal items and everyday objects whose stories bring the past to life such as a delicate and unique porcelain inkstand depicting a mother and children, writing slates for students, and mid-19th century toothbrushes.

Game pieces, dominoes and a miniature child's redware tea set (pictured, left) that open a window into entertainment of the day.

• Delicate ceramic angels, holy water fonts and pressed glass candlesticks in the form of the crucified Christ that help illustrate religion’s role in the post war South.

• Containers of various magical remedies which promised to cure every 19th-century ailment from constipation to diabetes with ingredients including alcohol and narcotics.

• An interactive bottle wall showcasing more than 90 different colored and shaped 19th-century bottles recovered from the SS Republic.


Shimmering Gold and Silver
Gold Bars

Nearly 400 pounds of gold and silver treasures are on display in the Treasure Room. Some of the most rare and unique coins from the SS Republic with historical details on their mint, significance and value are showcased. Authentic gold bars and coins from the 1622 "Tortugas" shipwreck are also on display. Read the vivid stories and history that highlight some of the different forms of money used in early America. The Gairsoppa operation resulted in the deepest and heaviest recovery of precious metal in history when Odyssey brought up over 110 tons of silver in 2012-2013. The first bar ever recovered from the World War II-era Gairsoppa is on display along with two additional unrefined silver bars, silver grain produced during the refining process and a shiny .999 refined silver bar.