What To Do In Florida: Explore Ahoy Maitz! Pirates & Treasures at Cornell Museum of Art

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Ahoy Maitz! Pirates & Treasures (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Ahoy Maitz! Pirates & Treasures (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Florida Travel Guide: Visit the “pirated” art exhibit at Cornell Museum of Art

Pirates at work and pirates at play. Pirates plundering and dueling. Pirates with peg legs and pirates with parrots. It’s all about pirates at the Cornell Museum of Art, at least until the end of October.

Throughout the summer, a special collection has been on display at the Cornell Museum of Art at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Featuring the retrospective collection of paintings by of renowned artist, Don Maitz, this isn’t your ordinary art exhibit!

Don Maitz is an artist probably most well-known for having developed Captain Morgan’s Spice Rum character, but his “non-Morgan” work is what will really take your breath away. Maitz’s work is exquisite. He is one of the world’s most significant artists in depicting pirate life. Learn more about this celebrated painter at this family-friendly exhibition which run until October 28.

Family-friendly: Ahoy Maitz! Pirates & Treasures

Children are engaged in the exhibition right away. When you enter the museum, your kids will be given a scavenger hunt to complete. You will probably have even more fun than they will as you pore over all of the art work to find answers to the clues! The scavenger hunt will force you all to examine each painting and you’ll be sure to see things you wouldn’t have otherwise.

The next thing they’ll notice is the pirate ship covered with gold doubloons. Kids guess how many coins are in there for a chance to win a prize. There are colorful, vibrant dioramas throughout the museum which add a whimsical flair to the entire exhibition.

On the second level of the museum there is a special exhibit just for kids, featuring a very fun “walk-through” book called, “How I Became a Pirate,” by David Shannon and Melinda Long.

Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

Dress up in your best swashbuckling attire and visit the museum on September 19 when it will stay open late to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Plan your visit

  • Location: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
  • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4:30pm, Sunday: 1pm-4:30pm
  • Admission: $10/general, $6/seniors, $4/students (13-21), $2/kids (4-12), Free/under 3

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