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Get hands-on with pirate history at this interactive family exhibition.

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    Until 27 April 2016

    Get hands-on with pirate history at our all-new exhibition based on the bestselling Horrible Histories series.

    Take command of a pirate ship, design and project your own pirate flag, try out different weapons from cutlasses to cannons, find your fate on the wheel of misfortune, discover the best loot to steal and splat rats in the quayside tavern.

    Along the way, discover why the pirate women were just as wicked as the men and learn to talk the patter of a pirate. Learn about the ships they sailed on, the punishments they suffered and the rules they lived by.

    Author Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown’s unique approach to storytelling comes to life in this blockbuster family exhibition.

    Pirates Ticket:

    Adults $20, Child (under 4) FREE, Child (aged 4–15) $12, Concession $12, Members FREE


    Big Ticket (all exhibitions and vessels):

    Adults $30, Child (under 4), FREE, Child (aged 4–15) $18, Concession $18, Family $75, Members FREE

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    Family at the maritime museum

    Book online and beat the queues! Buy a Pirates Ticket or a great-value Big Ticket (includes access to all exhibitions and vessels).

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    Kids programs

    Children in pirate costume 

    Join us for a swashbuckling program of workshops, tours and creative activities.

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    Buy the book

    Rat on the cover of Horrible Histories Pirates the book

    Discover all the terrible truths behind the lousy pirate legends in Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories® Pirates book.

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    Members go free

    Father and daughter at the maritime museum 

    Become a member and receive FREE or discounted entry to all our exhibitions and events, as well as many other benefits.

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    Exhibition Producer

    Australian National Maritime Logo

    In association with

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    Media Partner

    Nine logo

    Accommodation Partner

    Novotel Sydney Logo

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