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3D exhibit opens this week at Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

A new exhibit offers visitors a different way to learn what it was like on the original Kalmar Nyckel when it first crossed the Atlantic in 1638.



The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation opens a 3D animated exhibit this week called the Tall Ship Time Machine.


The current Kalmar Nyckel is a replica of the original Swedish colonial ship that brought the first European settlers to the Delaware Valley and what would become the State of Delaware.  


While the replica looks like the Kalmar Nyckel, it has diesel engines and state-of-the-art systems, including electronics, navigation and modern crew accommodations. 


The foundation’s senior historian and director of education Sam Heed says Tall Ship Time Machine allows people to get a feel for life on the original without the modern amenities.


“In fiction, I can create the illusion of it for an educational program or for our our visitors through 3D animation,” said Heed.


The exhibit features a short 3D animated video, which will also be used remotely in classrooms in Delaware and dockside with our ship.


Tall Ship Time Machine opens Thursday with a reception starting at 

6 p.m. at the Kalmar Nyckel’s Copeland Maritime Center. More information on the reception and exhibit are available at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation tickets website.



Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.