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Yellow text against a red background reads 'Pirate School'. On the right are eight children dressed in pirate costumes.

All aboard shipmates and join our trainee pirate crew! In our fun packed sessions learn what every budding Buccaneer needs to know about being a pirate of the ‘Golden Age Of Piracy’!

Dates and times…

What did they learn? Our first Pirate School graduates tell us…

Find out how to load a cannon and different types of shot. Learn to find your way around a ship and handle some pirate treasure! Find out about ships articles (and the punishments if you break the rules) learn to sing a shanty to work to, what weapons you might fight with and why, and what terrible wounds you might get and how they might be treated! Hear the amazing tales of the pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and learn of the daring and wicked exploits of other infamous pirates such as Blackbeard, Black Bart and Sam Bellamy.
So swagger up for Pirate school! Haaar!


7 Pirate Parrots have jumped ship and are hidden in the Museum. Can you find them?

Make your own – Pirate Cutlass, Parrot, Pirate Hand and Treasure Chest

Daily, at the Make and Takes table.

Treasure Island Play Zone

Interactive learning and fun.

Plus all the family favourites…

15 galleries over four floors, jump aboard the boats, climb the 100 foot Look Out Tower, watch shipwrights at work in the boat building workshop, go under water in the Tidal Zone, hear ocean adventures + survival stories, learn to sail miniature boats on our waterfront boat pool.

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National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388