New Rum Exhibit Now Open


Exhibits, Artifacts & 3D Displays Follow Rum’s History & San Diego Connection

San Diego, CA (October 19, 2017) — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, opens its latest exhibit, Rum: Sailors, Pirates and Prohibition, Saturday, November 4 in the Gould Eddy Gallery aboard the steam ferry Berkeley at Star of India Wharf. 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.

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“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, Ph.D., 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.”

Opening weekend celebrations include an optional Rum Pour for adults 21 and over, Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. aboard the 1898 Steam Ferryboat Berkeley overlooking San Diego Bay. Festivities include rum tasting, live music featuring John Kraus & The Goers performing a collection of original songs and several of the finest songs of the seas from the past two centuries, and some from contemporaries and decades not long past. Guests will also receive a commemorative cup with purchase of specialty historic rum drinks served on the upper deck of the Berkeley. The exhibit is included with general admission to the Museum, which is required to participate in the Rum Pour.

Rum: Sailors, Pirates and Prohibition exhibit and Rum Pour sponsors include Black Bart Navy Rum, Malahat Spirits Co., Mount Gay Rum, and Seven Caves Spirits.

Rum Exhibit Sponsors

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.