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Get Ready to Set Sail for Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure at the Detroit Science Center


Get ready to embark on an amazing quest for deep-ocean treasure when Odyssey’s Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure opens at the Detroit Science Center March 22, 2008. Online tickets for this one-of-a-kind exhibition are now on sale at .

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will take you on an incredible journey 1, 700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic to the wreck site of the SS Republic, the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era. More than 50, 000 gold and silver coins, and 14, 000 artifacts, were recovered from the Republic’s watery resting place by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2003.*

"The Detroit Science Center is thrilled to be bringing this exhibition to Detroit for its first Midwest engagement, " said Todd Slisher, Detroit Science Center VP of Science Programs. "Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure presents such a wonderful blend of historic artifacts, sunken treasure and hands-on, educational, interactive elements that there is truly something here for everyone to enjoy."

"After our successful engagement in Tampa, we are very excited to bring Odyssey’s Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure exhibit to Detroit. The Detroit Science Center, with its emphasis on science and technology and its outstanding infrastructure for hosting high-profile events, is the perfect venue for this exhibit. With Detroit’s proximity to the Great Lakes, and its history of shipwreck exploration, the city is the ideal location for an exhibit that explores deep ocean adventures and features treasures recovered in several of our marine archaeological expeditions, " said Greg Stemm, Odyssey Chairman and CEO.

Discover the compelling stories behind some of the world’s most famous shipwrecks, including those from the Great Lakes region, and their treasures and historical artifacts. Find out what it takes to be a deep-ocean explorer as you are immersed in the research, search, recovery and conservation process of deep-ocean treasure and artifacts. See priceless historical artifacts from the Republic, pilot a real robot submersible, immerse yourself in pirate lore, battle the forces of nature in a 75-mph hurricane tube and much more.

Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure will dock at the Detroit Science Center March 22 – Sept. 1, 2008. The Science Center will feature extended hours March 24-28 for Spring Break, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $15.95 for adults and $13.95 for seniors and children. General museum admission is included. Advance tickets may be purchased online at . Discounted group rates are available. For group reservations, please call 313.577.8400, Option 5.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration  is the world leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration. In May 2007 the Company announced the largest historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of 500, 000 gold and silver coins, weighing 17 tons, from a Colonial-era site code named "Black Swan." For more on Odyssey, please visit .

About The Detroit Science Center

The Detroit Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires its visitors to pursue and support careers in engineering, technology and science. The Science Center features Michigan’s only IMAX(R) Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systems Planetarium; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; an 8, 700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; the United States Steel Fun Factory; a children’s gallery for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. The Science Center has served more than 2.1 million visitors since its grand re-opening on July 28, 2001. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, .

* SS Republic is a registered trademark of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

Source: Detroit Science Center

CONTACT: Media, Kelly Fulford, Director of PR & Marketing for Detroit
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