St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum975 Votes Currently Closed
A pirate cruises an enormous ship with cannons wearing a bandana which is fluttering in the wind, along with the sails. He looks threatening in his knee length coat, blousy shirt with ruffles at the collar and cuff. His leathery skin is scarred and he has a peg leg and a hook in place of a hand. The parrot on his shoulder is equally menacing, tugging at the master’s hoop earrings. The story of the Golden Age of Pirates is captured and displayed at the St. Augustine & Treasure Museum.
He can throw a dagger with accurate aim, fire cannon and capture a ship with extreme ease because he belonged to the Golden Age of Piracy, which lasted from the mid-1600s to the early 1700s. This museum was formerly known as the Pirate Soul Museum and in 2010 after relocating to Florida; it became the St. Augustine Pirate &Treasure museum. The museum houses 48 individual exhibit areas and states it contains the largest and most authentic collection of pirate artefacts ever displayed under one roof.
Among its exhibits are Blackbeard's original blunderbuss, pieces of gold retrieved from his warship the Queen Anne's Revenge, one of only three remaining authentic Jolly Roger flags in the world, and Thomas Tew's original treasure chest, the only known authentic pirate treasure chest in the world.
At the Pirate Museum you can stand on the deck of a replicated pirate ship, light a reproduction of a cannon and feel the replicated blast echo beneath your feet. A blunderbuss is attached to the ship’s gunwale and was used in battle during 1710.
It killed six to eight people with one shot. Blackbeard used it for his last battle. As you go through the museum you will find a lot of interactive exhibits, including the award winning Book of Pirates. You relive the life of a pirate, as you touch and feel and see the authentic artefacts on display. Disney Imaginer-designed Below Deck sound lets you experience and smell the gun powder of Blackbeard’s last battle, the world’s only pirate treasure chest, one of only two existing 17th century Jolly Rogers, and rarely-seen shipwreck treasures from the Florida Division of Historical Resources.
The Pirate Museum is one of the newest attractions St. Augustine and it fits the community's style of mixing heritage and history with a pulsating ethnic section. Tours of the pirate museum are generally self-guided, but the museum is also a popular school field trip destination and plays host to birthday parties, scout troop, and larger groups.
One room of the museum, Rogues Tavern, pays tribute to the pirates and privateers that raided St. Augustine or nearby coastal areas, such as Amelia Island. You will learn that Sir Francis Drake who travelled in a galleon on his expeditions, burned the city to the ground in 1586, and Captain Robert Searles ransacked the town in 1668 and raided the Royal Treasury.
Feel cobblestones beneath your feet and hear Caribbean birds screeching overhead in the simulated city of Port Royal, a popular pirate destination. Smell the scent of tobacco and butter rum as it wafts through the air. Captain Thomas Tew’s treasure chest made of iron is there for you to see. It is the actual authenticated chest painted with flowers, birds and angels. The museum also includes a genuine Jolly Roger flag, a "Wanted" poster for the capture of pirate Captain Henry Every and the ship log from Captain Kidd's final journey.
St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum Travel Tips
- They have annual passes as well, which can be bought at the Treasure Shoppe and costs $ 39.99 for an individual and $ 79.99 for a family pass with 2 minor children.
- Good for one year from time of purchase.
- Be careful to check how crowded the museum is. Don't go in if there are more than a dozen people inside.
- There will be ill-behaved children with parents who cannot cope with them and it will be noisy.
- To learn about St Augustine you must learn about pirates. The museum will teach you all there is to know about the Golden Age.
- Touch exhibits only when allowed, and do not try to unhinge them.
- Listen carefully to the guides if you want to learn more about the past.
Entrance Ticket Details For St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum
- For Adult: $12.99
- Children: $6.99
- Children under age 4 enter free.
- Online tickets for Adult $11.99; Child $5.99; AAA Members: Adult $11.99; Child $5.99
- For Groups (20+ people): Adult $10; Child $ 6; School Groups (20+ students) KG through Grade 8 $6; Grades 9 through 12 $10
- For Military: Adult $10.75; Child $ 5.50; Senior Admission $9.99
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78.19% of people who visit St Augustine include St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
34.34% of people start their St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum
62.35% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum
St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum Reviews & Ratings
Very informative and worth a visit if your in the area. Ideal if your children are learning about pirates as will give them a good understanding of what they did. Worth getting on one of the lead tours instead of walking around aimlessly. Little treasures map for the children to do looking for clues to get themselves a small piece of treasure at the end.
Better than expected! We kept passing by because the outside didn’t draw us in then decided to check it out. Once you’re past the little souvenir shop and ticket sales counter there is much to see. You can quickly breeze through and see many of the interesting things this museum has to offer or take part in the treasure hunt map and learn a lot. Our two teen boys were so into it we spent almost two hrs. inside! We had a great time and found it to be another awesome St. Augustine Adventure!
AMAZING! I got lost with excitement inside this museum. I did not want to leave, but unfortunately after almost two hours, my family was ready to explore more of what St. Augustine has to offer. This is a great place for family to explore and learn about pirates and the history of the town. There are a lot of cool artifacts that I’m sure you will enjoy.
Easily accessible from the Main Thoughofare Route A1A . Opposite the Fort and parking is available across from the museum including for Handicap accessible Vehicles. Great Museum, lots of nice artifacts and information. A treasure hunt for those who wish to participate. Plenty of other activities, places to visit and eat within walking distance.
I am a total history geek and a Pirates of the Caribbean fan. This museum was a lot of fun. It has a lot of material that covers a lot of different topics related to pirates. The museum tells the stories of specific pirates and pirates in general in a very thorough but fun way. The museum also makes learning about the pirates kind of fun. There's a lot of interactive type stuff. I am glad that the women pirates got their stories told too. My favorite Room was the end with all the Hollywood stuff and Captain Jack Sparrow's sword. An excellent indoor activity.