Get swashbuckling ….

Swashbuckle your way over to Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum, this summer and let yourself be caught up in a world of adventure on the high seas. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! is a great touring exhibition bringing together the exquisitely crafted sets and puppets from the Sony Pictures and Aardman Animations’ Academy Award-nominated blockbuster.
There’s lots to see and do, with visitors encouraged to become part of The Pirate Captain’s crew. From dressing up in pirate finery to steering a galleon and playing a part in the movie using clever blue-screen technology.

PIR_CA03-2In a reference to the film’s ‘Polly’ –  the dodo that thinks it’s a parrot – visitors will also have the chance to see the renowned ‘Oxford Dodo’. Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be lending its reconstruction of the famously extinct bird to Thinktank for the duration of the exhibition, which links the animation and creativity of the film with the world of Natural History.

Janine Eason, Director of Learning and Exhibitions at Thinktank said: “It’s been very exciting to see this exhibition develop and we look forward to welcoming visitors into the Pirates’ world. Working with Aardman Animations on the project is fantastic; the painstaking detail and craftsmanship in the sets alone is breathtaking. When you couple that with the imagination-capturing and interactive elements Thintank’s exhibition will offer, it’s a summer show not to be missed.”

Peter Lord, Co-founder and Creative Director of Aardman Animations said: “I’m so happy that our Pirates exhibition is coming to Birmingham. It shows off all the things that I’m most proud of – the care, the artistry and the genius that goes into the making of one of our films. People will have a chance to get up close to some of the fantastic models and sets that we made. We’ve got Charles Darwin’s cabin, part of Blood Island, a huge pile of pirate treasure – and of course the magnificent Pirate Ship in all its glory. Have a look at it.

“And then of course we will take the visitors behind the scenes to catch a glimpse of all the crafts involved in filmmaking – everything from design to model making to animation. So as well as being a visual delight, I also hope the exhibition will inspire young animators to have a go themselves.”

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! The Exhibition opens to the public at Thinktank on May 25th and will run until September. Entry to the exhibition will be included in the Thinktank ticket price and a programme of accompanying events and activities will be made available nearer the date of the exhibition. For further information visit

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