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SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure Exhibit Sets Sail for the Museum of Science, Boston

 

Tampa, FL - September 17, 2012 - Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) today announced that its multi-media traveling exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will open to the public at the Museum of Science, Boston, on September 23, 2012.

Showcasing Odyssey’s world-class archaeological work in the deep ocean, the SHIPWRECK! exhibit contains over 500 authentic shipwreck artifacts, a variety of interactive elements and graphic display panels. Odyssey has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating shipwrecks, including the record-breaking recovery of the heaviest and deepest cargo of precious metal from the SS Gairsoppa announced earlier this year.

“We are excited to bring SHIPWRECK! to the Museum of Science, Boston. Our goal with our exhibition program is to share the excitement of our work while educating the public about the science and technology that goes into deep-ocean exploration,” said Mark Gordon, Odyssey President and COO. “As the largest cultural attraction in New England, with over one million visitors a year, the Museum of Science, Boston, will allow people who have heard about us through the media to get a closer look as well as exposing new shipwreck enthusiasts to amazing artifacts and treasures found in the deep.”

Filled with interactive games and challenges, SHIPWRECK! allows visitors to experience the thrill of shipwreck exploration while investigating some of the world’s greatest maritime stories. Featuring authentic shipwreck artifacts recovered by Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel and Mediterranean Sea, the exhibit takes visitors on a voyage through more than 2,000 years of seafaring history. A variety of authentic shipwreck treasure, decorative porcelain figurines, personal items like combs and tooth brushes and even the 300-year-old logarithmic calculator on a folding rule – the oldest ever recovered on a shipwreck site – will be on display at the Museum of Science, Boston, in Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure exhibit.

“We are excited to introduce our visitors to some of the most fascinating mysteries of the deep sea,” said Paul Fontaine, Museum of Science vice president of education. “SHIPWRECK! provides visitors with a unique opportunity to witness the science and technology that makes it possible to explore the ocean’s depths, and to take the controls and become a deep-water archeologist. The exhibit lets visitors experience the hazards of the sea and the triumph of deep-water discovery.”

The fascinating story of one of America’s most famous shipwrecks, the Civil War-era SS Republic, is the highlight of the exhibit. The Republic’s vivid history is brought to life by the wide variety of treasure on display in the exhibit. First-hand accounts from the passengers aboard the Republic during her final stormy journey help paint the picture of the tragic demise.

The pioneering techniques and technology that allowed Odyssey to discover some of the most famous wreck sites in the world including ancient Roman and Phoenicians wrecks, the Republic, German U-boats, French and Barbary pirate ships, and Balchin’s HMS Victory are also presented. A full-size replica of ZEUS, Odyssey’s eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which acts as the archaeologist’s hands and eyes in the deep ocean will be on display.

Guests can test their skills by attempting to pick up artifacts with a working model of ZEUS’ robotic arm. An interactive version of the SS Republic photomosaic is also on display. Visitors can zoom in on specific areas of the photomosaic to find artifacts as small as a domino. More than 2,500 digital photographs, taken by ZEUS, were stitched together to create this large scale photographic map of the wreck site.

Finally, SHIPWRECK!’s “World of Pirates” interactive gallery and activities immerse visitors with the lore, legends, and facts of pirates of the Caribbean, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers and Buccaneers. Guests can learn how to identify pirate vessels on the horizon using spyglasses, raise the banners of notorious pirates, learn to tie essential knots for life on the high seas, and create their own pirate in an interactive game!

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will be on display at the Museum of Science, Boston, located at 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. For hours of operation and ticket prices, please visit the Museum’s website at http://www.mos.org/.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached 35,500 teachers and close to 3 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. Visit http://www.mos.org and follow the Museum on social media at www.facebook.com/museumofscience and @museumofscience on Twitter.

 

About Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology. The Company is a world leader in shipwreck exploration, conducting extensive search and archaeological recovery operations on deep-ocean shipwrecks around the world. Odyssey also provides contracting services, including proprietary deep-ocean expertise and equipment, to governments and companies around the world.

Odyssey offers various ways to share in the excitement of deep-ocean exploration by making shipwreck treasures and artifacts available to the general public, students, and collectors through its webstore, exhibits, books, television, merchandise, and educational programs. The company also maintains a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OdysseyMarine and a Twitter feed @OdysseyMarine..

The public will have the opportunity to share in the excitement of Odyssey's 2012 recovery operations when television specials produced by JWM Productions premiere on Discovery Channel in the United States and Channel 5 in the United Kingdom.

 

Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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