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Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Wilmington

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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  • The museum was closed, but we managed to walk right down to the pier and the sailing ship, which was undergoing repair and maintenance by the volunteer crew. The ship itself is a gilded beauty...  more »
  • We arrived to see the ship and exhibits but it had closed early due to a private function. The director arrived as Roth’s receptionist was explaining this but she said we could come in anyway. The...  more »
  • The Kalmar Nyckel is a very special place... It is both an amazing piece of local history, as well as a wonderfully educational experience! Knowing the Captains and some of the volunteer staff, these are people who truly love what they do and put everything into making your time with them wonderful. I highly recommend visiting them for any of their educational outreaches, day trips, festivals, and events!
  • I volunteered to help them with the Pirate Fest event. I had nothing but positive encouragement from them. They were very kind and looked after all their volunteers. The foundation is great, doing their best to preserve the origins of Wilmington. The ship itself is absolutely gorgeous, and the museum area is chock full of information about the early sailing ship the Kalmar Nyckel and other ships like it that form the earliest settlement of Europeans in America. Tucked away on a little known tidal peninsula right here in Wilmington, the Kalmar Nyckel is a faithful reproduction of an early 1600s sailing vessel. They offer tours, cruises, and full on classes to learn how to sail a square rigged tall ship. The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non profit, operating on a minimum budget. If you have some time to donate, and you love all things ships, boats, and/or sailing KNF is the place for you! P/S I joined KNF as volunteer just 2 days ago. I had a blast, the people there are great. So, my point is that this review is not a shill to drum up new members. I sincerely think this is an excellent organization, and they could use your help too. They are very low pressure, and they truly appreciate any help you can give.

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