Young dreamers are invited to the N.C. Maritime Museum during Beaufort’s annual Pirate Invasion on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8.
During the mock invasion participants will witness living history demonstrations, sword fights, cannon firing, black powder weapons displays, a mock trial and much more.
The museum will offer a child and parent friendly zone where children can participate in programs and activities for visitors to enjoy. Free activities will include pirate hats, museum sea hunts, pirate tattoos and more.
Visitors will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt that will take them around Beaufort looking for pirates.
The N.C. Maritime Museum will offer a reward to everyone who can locate all 14 pirates featured on this year’s “Beaufort’s Most Wanted” cards. These cards can be purchased for $1.25 in the museum’s gift shop while supplies last.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum will host its annual “Lunch with Pirates.” Seaside Sensations Catering will cater the lunch.
While enjoying their lunch, families will be treated to a fashion show featuring the latest trends in the pirate world, put together by the East Coast Pirate Crew.
The infamous pirate Blackbeard will also be present and may even be willing to tell his tale of piracy. Reservations are required for the Lunch with Pirates, and tickets are $20 per person.
“The Lunch with Pirates is always a very popular event,” said Christine Brin, museum educator. “The kids enjoy meeting Blackbeard and the parents enjoy the air-conditioned and calm atmosphere,” she stated.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, families will have their chance to enjoy some free activities and crafts in the museum’s library.
Children will get a pirate hat, official pirate tattoo, a pirate sash and even make a “super-secret” pirate treasure map. The activities will close during the “Lunch with Pirates” at 11:30 a.m. but will reopen at 12:30 and run until 4 p.m.
Inside the museum, visitors can see the artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge in a newly expanded exhibit.
One of the highlights of the new exhibit is a conservation laboratory where visitors can view and interact with conservators as they prepare Queen Anne’s Revenge artifacts for eventual exhibition.
The lab will provide visitors with a better understanding of the work that goes into preparing these- artifacts as they come from the ocean floor to the museum door.
The lab has been designed to support a wide range of conservation activities from opening concretions and cleaning to photography and documentation. It has both wet and dry cleaning stations, an air scribe booth and examination areas.
Broad windows on two sides of the lab will allow visitors to easily observe the work in progress and interact with the conservators. The lab will be manned by a combination of students, professional conservators and museum staff.
These activities are offered as part of the Second Saturdays programs offered this summer in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Second Saturdays combines the power of arts and heritage with hands-on fun each second Saturday during the peak summertime faction months. The Second Saturdays’ events are free for all ages. To learn more, visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.
The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort is at 315 Front St. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. For more information, call 252-728-7317.