A unique exhibit about pirates based on the popular Horrible Histories series
If your children are fans of the Horrible Histories books or television series, or you were a fan yourself during your own childhood, the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle has the perfect exhibition for you.
Horrible Histories – Pirates: The Exhibition is a delightful, interactive display of pirate life based on the popular franchise written by author Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown. The exhibition is featuring at the Maritime Museum from now until Sunday, 12 August between 9:30am and 5pm, with the exception of Good Friday, when the museum is closed, and on Anzac Day (25 April) when the museum will open between 1pm and 5pm. It’s a perfect school holiday or weekend activity for the whole family.
I was a huge fan of the books as a youngster, so was excited to go along and have a look at the Horrible Histories take on Pirates. I took my two little girls along, and while the oldest is not yet three, it’s certainly worthwhile for kids of all ages, with some awesome activities designed to be as interactive as possible.
If you’re not familiar with the books or TV show, Horrible Histories is a unique, somewhat gruesome look at the past and told through black comedy and a tongue in cheek style. There franchise has been teaching kids about the Groovy Greeks, Rotten Romans and Awful Eqyptians for years, and this exhibition brings the life of pirates to the spotlight.
Learn about how pirates lived at sea, how they dressed, dealt with rats and dished our punishment to their enemies and fellow pirates!
Spin the Wheel of Punishment and accept your gruesome fate, take the helm of a pirate ship or wave a (plastic) sword at your sworn enemies.
It’s an exhibition that focuses on learning through play and fun. You can have a go at the Game of Strife, or get involved in a cannon battle! The cannon ships were probably the most entertaining part of the exhibition and definitely attracted the most children on the day we were there. The cannon balls are actually little soft balls that won’t hurt your pirate enemies too much, and as a parent you won’t be able to resist getting involved in the battle!
My favourite part of the exhibit was reading the timeline of pirates and the information dotted around about pirate life, written only as author Terry Deary can! You can learn how pirates spoke, how they dressed and ‘took care of’ prisoners, with all the gory details left in!
Other activities include a colouring-in table, a pirate weaponry display, games and even skulls to have a look through and learn some fascinating pirate facts!
The most dedicated little Swashbucklers can even enjoy a pirate-themed birthday party at the museum! Available for the duration of the exhibit, junior landlubbers will play pirate games, splat rats and enjoy a delicious lunch from Cicerello's. For more information, read on here.
Entry to the exhibit is $15 for adults and $12.50 for children aged 5 to 15 years, which also includes entry to the rest of the Maritime Museum, which houses lots of other interesting exhibits and displays about our state’s marine history. Children under 5 are free to enter the museum and the exhibition.
So take a step back into your childhood or introduce your own children to the wonderful world of Horrible Histories with this fantastic exhibition and learn all the gruesome and gory details about life as a pirate!
Essential Information Horrible Histories – Pirates: The Exhibition
Address: WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle
Phone: 1300 134 081
Cost to enter: $15 for adults and $12.50 for children aged 5 to 15 years, children under 5 are free. $50 for a family pass (two adults, two children)
Dates and time: Open daily between 9:30am and 5pm until Sunday, 12 August, with the exception of Good Friday, when the museum will be closed, and Anzac Day, when the museum will open between 1pm and 5pm.