One of St. Augustine's newest attractions has definately got to be one of its best. The new St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is already being talked about as the Oldest City's must-see place for kids, parents, grandparents and anyone looking for a whole lot of pirate fun.
Located across from the Castillo de San Marcos, the museum couldn't be any easier to find. Convenient parking next to the visitor's enter, at the Castillo itself, or metered street parking make it very accessible for anyone spending the day in St. Augustine. A very friendly staff awaits visitors at the ticket counter (located in the gift shop), eager to tell them all about the museum as well as just about as much pirate lore as you can stand.
The museum itself holds a rare and unique collection of authentic pirate artifacts combined with interactive exhibits for all ages. In an almost Disney-like fashion, the museum boasts moving, lifelike pirate figures doing all of the things that pirates do (well, did).
Visitors to the museum will experience life as it was over 300 years in Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. Walking from room to room in the museum is like a true step back in time, complete with treasure chests to explore and real working cannons, not to mention overhearing an actual pirate battle taking place in the next room.
Families will enjoy the exhibits and young children especially will love the hands-on bins, crates and chests filled with clues and information throughout the museum. Slight caution is advised for very young children, as the talking head of Black Beard and a nearby rotting pirate corpse are quite lifelike; thus parental supervision may be required in those areas.
Area homeschoolers will particularly like the option of private group tours of the museum, easily made by calling the museum ahead of time, and providing a headcount (20 or more) for discounted admission.
Visit the museum web site at: http://thepiratemuseum.com/ for an online museum tour, pirate history and information, videos and much more.
Pirate lovers will also want to "Like" the museum on Facebook, where they'll hear all about upcoming events as well as be a part of a growing number of local pirate enthusiasts.