St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum, St Augustine

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Address: 12 S Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32084, St Augustine, United States

Phone: +1-8774675863

Ticket Price: 13 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum, St Augustine

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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St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum, St Augustine Reviews

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  • I could type and type all day and never fully express to you how cool this place is. The collection was incredible. Big thanks to Mr Croce for sharing his passion with us. The staff was amazing, personable and helpful. Pirate Matt gave us a guided tour (we were super lucky to be the only ones in the group, so it ended up being a private pirate guided tour!!!!). His knowledge and enthusiasm blew me away! The price of admission was reasonable and very worth it. Bonus that it allows you to re-enter all day and gets you a 10% discount at some nearby restaurants!

  • To be honest, my husband and I weren’t expecting much more than a cheesy tourist trap. Since my husband loves stories of treasure hunting and this place wasn’t going to break the bank, we decided to give it a shot. We are moving across the country soon so we made the trip from Jacksonville specifically to see the museum before we leave. Boy, were we surprised. Initially we were planning to walk through on our own but when we arrived Captain Mayhem was getting ready to start his 10:30am tour. He was fantastic! He was so authentic, informative, and captured the attention of the children and adults. The place may be small but it is packed with fantastic artifacts and great history. The museum is wonderful on its own but Captain Mayhem took the experience to a whole new level. Take the time to go. You won’t regret it.

  • Very awesome! Lots of things to do and really fun! The tour guide pirate Mr. Mayhem was very informative and super fun as well as a great friendly guy to talk to, will definitely be back to enjoy this tour again and see all of the real pirate stuff and treasures and earnings and especially the Hollywood room, some cool things in there as well! Definitely a place to see in person! Thank you again Commodore Mayhem!

  • I went here last year on my birthday trip to FL and was NOT disappointed. It was worth every penny, from the friendly staff to the awesome exhibits. Its a very fun and informative self guided tour with a special activity for children to do throughout the museum. The gift shop offers a huge selection of pirate and St Augustine themed gifts for all ages. I recommend this place to anyone interested in pirates or anyone looking for a fun time.

  • The museum try is a "treasure," particularly if you're a nautical history buff. Our guide did an amazing job with everyone on his tour from young children to seniors. Highly recommend.

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