Submitted by Hands On Children’s Museum

Megan D, the fanciful buccaneer style schooner exhibit, made another step towards completion with the installation of the original 55-foot masts on Monday at the Hands On Children’s Museum.

The two masts were refurbished then raised and set in place with the help of Snell Crane Service, Inc., Star Rentals, and Evergreen Rigging and lead by a team of volunteer carpenters from FORMA Construction.

The ship, which is featured in the museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, is scheduled to open in August and will give young visitors the chance to explore an authentic wooden vessel. Children will be able to scale a 6’ rope climb to the top deck, navigate the ship’s ladder to explore the boat’s hull, learn about wind power and Northwest maritime history, and even climb into the crow’s nest.

Visitors can watch the final stages of the renovation including painting, rope netting, sails, custom-made ships wheel, and propping progress over the coming weeks. The new exhibit is expected to open in August.

About the Hands On Children’s Museum

The Hands On Children’s Museum is the premier early learning destination in the South Sound region. It serves nearly 325,000 visitors annually, making it the most visited children’s museum in the Northwest. The museum’s mission is to stimulate curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits, and programs for children, families and school groups. Its programs and exhibits are designed to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family. The Museum’s extensive free access program includes free and reduced admission for families with EBT cards and First Friday Nights among other programs.

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