Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! Formerly known as the Pirate Soul Museum, the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is the place to be to learn more about the Golden Age of Piracy and their role in St. Augustine’s history. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll feel as if you have been transported over 300 years in the past to Port Royal, Jamaica, and more locations that were notorious for swashbucklers. As Mark Twain once said, “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would make us pirates.”
The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is just one of the many places to experience local history and artifacts. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide right now for a full list of fascinating museums, attractions, activities, and more.
St. Augustine Pirate History
As you wander the streets of St. Augustine, you may notice several pirate flags billowing in the breeze. These flags are not here just for decoration. They represent the many criminals that at one point or another controlled the city. During St. Augustine’s earlier days, pirates frequently invaded the Spanish colonial city and stole everything they could get their greedy hands on, burning the town and its wooden fort in the process. In an effort to keep the plunderers at bay, the Spanish (who were exporting ships full of gold and silver along the Florida coast) constructed the Castillo de San Marcos fort. Today, this incredible structure is the oldest and best-preserved stone fort in the continental United States. 60 cannons were added to the fort for the purpose of fighting off pirates. It worked! Fewer pirates tried invading the town, and eventually, they were warded off altogether.
What You’ll See at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is the world’s largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts displayed under one roof. It’s an exciting and educational experience that not only reveals the history of pirates, but also colonial America. Some of the most popular artifacts on display include Blackbeard’s own blunderbuss, one of the three remaining Jolly Roger flags, the world’s oldest wanted poster, and the original treasure chest of Captain Thomas Tew.
In addition to the museum’s fascinating exhibits, there are several fun activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy! You can embark on educational pirate tours through the museum, watch a Disney-produced special effects show that depicts Blackbeard’s final battle, fire cannons with the kids, and take photos of the actual sword used by Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. No matter what you decide to do, you could spend a whole day learning about the lives of the world’s most notorious scallywags and making memories with your family that you’ll always cherish.
Experience the Treasure of a Relaxing Getaway With Victorian House Bed & Breakfast
After living the life of a pirate, come back to the Victorian House for a full evening of pure relaxation. Our elegant bed & breakfast is located right in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, making it ideal for travelers seeking comfort and convenience to their favorite local attractions. The highly-appointed guest rooms are also equipped with everything you need for a memorable getaway including private porches, fireplaces, JACUZZI® tubs, and more. Guests will even enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast served each morning during their stay. What more could you ask for in a St. Augustine, Florida vacation?
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