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The Westin Key West Resort & Marina, Sunset Key Guest Cottages and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Partner to Present An Exclusive Look at Harry Potter Wizardry and a Peaceful Place for Muggles to Stay & Play

The Westin Key West Resort & Marina and sister property Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, have partnered with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in presenting the Harry Potter Package, sure to intrigue both wizards and muggles (aka mortals) alike. The package includes tickets to the only Harry Potter exhibit in America to include Renaissance-era artifacts like those used by Harry and his friends in the acclaimed Harry Potter books and movies.

The magic in the Harry Potter series is partially based on Renaissance traditions which played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. To explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science and medicine, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has created a six-banner traveling exhibition: Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld). Each banner covers an element of science or medicine, such as potions, monsters or herbology and describes the connection between its reference in the Harry Potter books and its actual historical orientation.

In Key West, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum dramatically enhances the banner display with a collection of historically significant artifacts like those used by both Renaissance-era scientists and Harry and his friends. Such artifacts include real Bezoar stones; authentic cauldrons and serpent cups; and silver and gold platters, bars and coins. The museum’s exhibit also features Renaissance surgical tools recovered from the famous Atocha shipwreck – the kind of tools thought to have been used to examine monsters and fantastic beasts, and to practice the age old wizardry of alchemy!

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum (http://www.melfisher.org) is the only museum in the country to show the exhibit with these precious artifacts. The NLM’s Harry Potter banner exhibit is otherwise traveling only to public libraries and universities.

The Harry Potter Package offered by The Westin Key West Resort & Marina and Sunset Key Guest Cottages includes:

–         Two nights’ accommodations

–         Two adult and two children’s tickets to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum’s exclusive Harry Potter Exhibit

–         One $25 gift card to the Key West Toy Factory

–         Two adult cocktail certificates (at Jimmy’s Car Bar) and two children’s smoothie certificates, for a “potion” of choice at Sunset Celebration at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina

Package is available now through December 25, 2012 and January 6, 2013 – February 14, 2013. Package price starts at $460 for a traditional guestroom at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina and $1,212 for a two-bedroom gardenview cottage at Sunset Key Guest Cottages.

Call 888.477.7786 for information and reservations!

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