St Augustine Pirate And Treasure MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: 12 S Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32084, St Augustine, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8774675863
- Ticket Price: 13 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
St Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum - Review
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
If you are bored and need your pirate spirit picked up, this is the place to do it. Seemingly unassuming from the outside. It has a lot to offer on the inside. For the pirate enthusiasts or the historian there is plenty to learn and discover. You might even have a bit of fun along the way. Also for the pirate "movie" buff, it has lots that you'd be quick to recognize and enjoy. Take your time see every bit and bob they have to offer.
Wonderful museum! I really enjoyed the interactive pieces like the cannon and the treasure hunt (even as an adult). Absolutely worth it just to walk around, but you are definitely missing out if you don’t take the tour with Captain Mayhem. He’s very knowledgeable and humorous and does an excellent job of storytelling with his history teaching. Our group was about half kids and half adults and we were all having a great time throughout. I would have spent hours on end here if I could!
Always a great experience. This day I had two of my grandchildren with me, a 4 year old and an 8 year old, and a close friend of the family who is 13. We were able to jump on a pirates tour of the museum (he was great fun...made it a little less scary for the four year old) and then explore on our own. One of my favorite parts was the jail, which gets dark and a little scary for little ones but my 8 year old loved it, you go in and put some headphones on and a story begins that makes you feel as if you are there. There is a map that you pick up at the beginning and you hunt for special clues throughout the museum, which everyone loved (including three adults) and the children were able to pick out a "treasure" at the end of the museum. All in all, a great time by all!
This is our favorite of all the places we’ve visited around. Very informative. Price includes the tour and make sure to do it to appreciate the collection. The tour guide is knowledgeable about all things pirate!! The history, present day and all fun facts. While he is talking you can look at all the pieces so it becomes more interactive and informative for grownup and kids alike. I especially liked the real, original pirate treasure chest, among others.
Been there half a dozen times with the kids since we live local. Always a great time and they have great artifacts. Plus they have real pirates telling stories and just playing the role. The look on the kids faces when they tell us priceless. Tip, when you see the afternoon thunder storms moving in, hit the museum, get some AC, stay dry and wait for the sunshine to return.