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Maritime Museum of San Diego

Rum's History Exhibit Now Open


January 1, 2018

Follow Rum's History And San Diego Connection

"Rum, Sailors, Pirates, and Prohibition" - This exhibition of exhibits, artifacts, and 3-D dispays follow San Diego's connection to the history of rum. It is now showing in the Gould Eddy Gallery aboard the Ferryboat Berkeley. Admission is included with general admission to the museum.

The fresh new interactive, educational and entertaining exhibit tells the story of the new world's first distilled spirit from its origins on 17th century Caribbean sugar cane plantations to today's trendy cocktail lounges. Using exhibits, artifacts and 3D displays, visitors will uncover stories of pirates, American and British sailors, and San Diego smugglers.

"We are thrilled to present the story of rum, the part it played in the rich history of sea-going men and its little-known connection to San Diego," said Dr. Raymond Ashley, PhD., K.C.I., president/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. "The exhibit covers more than 400 years, ranging from the early distilling process, rum's role in American politics, including slavery, piracy, and prohibition. It's an engaging and educational experience that rum, maritime and history buffs will enjoy."

Maritime Museum of San Diego is collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage connections with the Pacific world.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, established in 1948, preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States. Located on the San Diego Bay, the centerpiece of the museum's collection is Star of India, an 1863 iron bark.

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