Real Pirates Museum in Salem

As seen on ‘Beyond Oak Island

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Three Unique Ways to Adventure

Museum Experience

Real Pirates Salem features real artifacts and treasure from the shipwrecked Whydah Gally.

Director’s Tour Experience

Personal guided tour of the museum with one of our knowledgeable pirates, who will give you the “ins and outs” of the museum

Group Experience

A Swashbuckling tour for groups of all ages – birthday parties, private events, corporate retreats, and school trips.

The Story of Black Sam Bellamy and the Whydah

Immerse yourself in the stories of Real Pirates! The family-friendly pirate experience features the true tale of “Black Sam” Bellamy – the richest and one of the youngest pirates of all time – and Maria Hallett, the love of his life and so-called “Witch of Wellfleet.”

During the early 1700s, Bellamy captured the infamous slave ship Whydah, as well as more than 50 other ships, earning him the nickname the “Prince of Pirates.” Meet the crew and follow their journey as they seek fortune on the high seas, amass the greatest pirate treasure of all times, and ultimately meet their untimely fate when the Whydah sinks in a violent Nor’easter off the coast of Cape Cod.

See the world’s only fully authenticated pirate treasure ever discovered – including coins, jewelry, and weapons – retrieved from the wreck, and last touched by the hands of pirates more than 300 years ago.