St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum, St Augustine
About St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum, St Augustine
St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum, St Augustine - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 12 S Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Ticket Price: 13 USD
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
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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 Information
- 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.
St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum Ticket Prices
- 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
Restaurants Near St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum
- Barnacle Bill's - Castillo Dr: Seafood
- The Bar with No Name: American
- Mill Top Tavern: American
- Spanish Bakery & Cafe: Bakery, American, Spanish, Cafe
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We live locally and went there with our family of six. We had a great time. The exhibits are very informative and were created with class. The staff was kind and pleasant. It was a very cool educational experience for the adults and kids in our family. We will definitely return. We bought the combo pack for the Colonial experience as well. I would skip that next time. The two experiences are wildly different and do not match in terms of quality.
Everyone should give this place a chance. I wasn’t sure of it at first but I’m glad I didn’t skip over this place. It’s fun and interactive and full of legit history of pirates. The quality of each exhibit is really great for being a small museum too! From the wax pirates scattered throughout, to the interior decoration. There’s even an animatronic talking head of black beard, which I thought was really cool & well done. Bravo to whoever was in charge of the interior designing and prop making.
Logged in especially to rate this place 5 stars. Amazing and very unique attraction with real pirate chests, pirate loot and as close as you can get to experience the real pirate life of old. Would have stayed for another hour devouring all the information about famous pirates and hideouts if it wasn't for my impatient young kids. A must for history lovers, pirate lovers, more suitable for teens and above although younger kids would also enjoy.
Even as an adult, the treasure hunt was fun and interesting. It had a lot of interesting and rare artifacts and interactive activities for young and old alike. My boyfriend and I had an amazing time and I’m definitely recommending it to my family and younger siblings.
We had a great time here. Its a small museum but its done very well with interactive features for the kids to enjoy! I loved the gift shop as well. They have a sister attraction that was closed due to hurricane damage, but it looks like it would've been fun! I recommend this place if you have children and are around the area!
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