Pirates rule for spring break

Real Pirates exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum. (Oct. 17, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) There’s always something to do at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and they’re ramping it up for spring break week, April 6 through 10.

Real Pirates

Spring break is a great time to check out the Real Pirates exhibition. Real Pirates: The Untold Story of The Wyhdah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship tells the story of the slave ship the Wyhdah, which was coming from Africa to the Caribbean when it was overtaken by pirates. It sank 300 years ago off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The exhibition includes a full-size recreation of the pirate ship that you can walk through. There are about 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the shipwreck that visitors can touch and learn about.

There are special activities coordinating with the Real Pirates exhibition each day during spring break, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are free with general admission. The exhibition runs until April 19.

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The museum is debuting a new planetarium show just in time for spring break. The Dark Side of the Moon begins on Friday, April 3. The light show is an original production set to the music of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album. It will show every night during spring break at 8 p.m.

The planetarium recently underwent an extensive renovation with new technology, surround sound, seating, and new shows. Visit the website for a list of showings.

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