September 3rd, 2010

Shipwrecks, Pirates and Treasure

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) announced that following an extensive content upgrade, the multi-media traveling exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will open at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore on October 1, 2010. The exhibit will run through January 31, 2011, in the Legg Mason Gallery on the second floor of the science center. 

The 8,000-square-foot SHIPWRECK! exhibit takes visitors on the thrilling quest to discover the ocean’s greatest shipwreck stories and treasures.  The exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts recovered by Odyssey from various shipwrecks in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. The highlight of the exhibit is the SS Republic, a sidewheel steamer built in Baltimore in 1853. The rich history and a wide variety of treasure recovered from the Republic are on display in the exhibit.  SHIPWRECK! includes interactive elements and full-scale replicas of the equipment that Odyssey has used to discover hundreds of shipwrecks around the world. Visitors can try their hand at picking up coins with a robotic arm, experience hurricane-force winds and explore a wall-size virtual video version of the SS Republic shipwreck site in detail as part of the exhibit.

The “World of Pirates” interactive gallery and activities immerse visitors with the lore, legends, and facts of pirates of the Caribbean, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers and Buccaneers.  Guests can learn how to identify pirate vessels on the horizon using spyglasses, raise the banners of notorious pirates, learn to tie essential knots for life on the high seas, and create their own pirate in an interactive game.

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will be on display at the Maryland Science Center, located at 601 Light Street in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, from October 1, 2010, through January 31, 2011. For ticket information, please visit www.mdsci.org or call 410-685-2370. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Maryland Science Center. Group discounts and reservations are available.

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