St. Augustine is just this majestic place with all kinds of history. Part of that history is from the pirates that raided the city in the 1600’s. The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum houses plenty of artifacts from that time period. Many of the pieces found in the bay right outside the museum and the Castillo de San Marcos.
From rum and whiskey bottles like you see above they were found along the ocean floor. Really quite beautiful the design of the bottles then from what we see on our shelves today. As someone who loves pirate history and rum this was extremely interesting to me. How they stored the rum along with tidbits of information on each card you see in front of the item.
The Jolly Roger:
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum displays one of two remaining Jolly Roger flags. The flag you see above is the Jolly Roger from 1850 if you read the script above the flag you will see the date. Standing that close to an original piece of history like that was pretty exciting to both of us. However, at the time when this flew over a ship I highly doubt anyone would have thought it exciting. Most likely they would have been it to be quite terrifying.
These are the guns and weapons used in that time period. Again many pieces found in the ocean just feet away from the front doors of this museum. My eldest son was not with us and I really wished at that moment he was there to see all the different guns. He would have enjoyed the history that case displayed.
Ship manifests and logs like you see above are displayed in a case but the names that grace these books are quite famous. Edward Teach and many more can be seen on pages like this in the picture above. Beside the pages of history and weapons of war the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum also offers plenty of fun!
You can get a picture of yourself at the helm (ship’s wheel). Additionally, in another room you can lift a gold bar and play around with many other items from that time period. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is fantastic for all ages and comes with a pretty nifty treasure shop too.
Lastly, at the end of the tour they have a few historic pieces from pirate movies including one of my childhood favorites The Goonies. Fantastic extra surprise we were not expecting! To visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum you may visit the website for times, tours, and more!
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