If you’ve ever wanted to step onto a real pirate ship, a visit to the Whydah Pirate Museum is your chance. This museum is centered around the infamous Whydah, a pirate vessel that sank off the coast of Wellfleet in 1717. Visitors are able to explore a full-scale replica of the ship and immerse themselves in the world of pirates. Let’s see what’s inside this Massachusetts pirate museum based in Cape Cod.

Learn about the Golden Age of Piracy, including all about Sam Bellamy and his crew at one of the most incredible and unusual museums in Massachusetts!

For more information about the history, operating hours and to buy tickets for your pirate experience, please visit the Whydah Pirate Museum website.

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Are there any other pirate museums in Massachusetts?

There is one other pirate museum called the Expedition Whydah located on MacMillan Pier in Provincetown. It is a smaller version of the Whydah Museum in West Yarmouth but also teaches the history and has many artifacts related to the pirate ship. If you are looking for other pirate-themed things to do, especially in the warmer months, book a spot on the Sea Gypsy. This ship will take you on your own pirate adventure in search of treasure and is fun for the whole family and you can find out more in our previous article.

What are some other unusual museums in Massachusetts?

There are plenty of other strange museums in the Bay State. Take, for example, the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville. This museum has, as you may have already guessed, a collection of bad art that you may check out online. Since people from Massachusetts love their beer, a trip to the Beer Can Museum in Northampton may be in order.  It’s also in the same building as the bar Ye Ol’ Watering Hole, so you may also stay for a cold one. View our past article about weird museums to visit around the state.

Which hidden gems in Massachusetts should I visit?

If you’ve ever felt like being on the inside of a globe, then head to Mapparium, a three-story tall stained-glass globe inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. It’s a truly remarkable hidden gem. Another noteworthy place is Mytoi Japanese Gardens in Martha’s Vineyard. This lovely, peaceful place has pathways to take you through gardens and around a pond. There are so many incredible hidden gems around the state and we wrote a handy list you may wish to check out.

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