This replica of the Whydah pirate ship looks scary, but you’re in safe waters at the National Geographic Museum. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The “Real Pirates” exhibition is at the National Geographic Museum through September 2.

The museum will host a Pirate Family Festival on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include visits with costumed characters, make-your-own pirate flags, falconry demonstrations and a puppet show.

1145 17th St. NW.
Call 202-857-7700 or visit

Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adults $11, $9 students and seniors, $7 ages 5 to 12, age 4 and younger free.

Andrew Stecklin, 9, concentrates along with Alexandra and her twin Samantha Kiraly, also 9 as they attempt to tie different knots at the Real Pirates exhibition at the National Geographic Society in Washington. (Marvin Joseph/THE WASHINGTON POST)

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