We were in St Augustine for the day so we decided to visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. This interactive and entirely pirate themed museum offers an exciting and educational experience.
You get to walk through a pirate street and board a pirate ship. You can fire real cannons, experience the sounds of the ship in darkened rooms, discover about pirates in interactive computerised books and hunt for treasure!
The kids loved using their treasure maps to find the Discovery Drawers marked with skull and crossbones that are hidden throughout the museum. They found the answers to fill in on the map and then took it to the shop to claim their treasure (a pirate coin).
We got to see all sorts of interesting items. The real treasure chest complete with secret key hole was very impressive. It is aparently the only surviving pirate treasure chest in the world!
There are lots of interesting exhibits and information about pirates, mythical and real. We saw pirate weapons, treasure, parts of pirate ships, and even an 1850’s original Jolly Roger, one of only two left in the world!
There is a room at the end with some hollywood pirate related memorabilia from films such as The Goonies, Pirates of the Caribbean and Hook.
We visited the pirate museum shop where you can collect your treasure, buy pirate souvenirs and themed museum squashed coins.
Taking a child with an ASD to the St Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum?
The lights are dimmed.
There is a lot to look at. Some exhibits are interactive and you can touch.
There are screens you can play on.
The room you go in with headphones is pitch black and the headphones are noisy. It is very easy to miss this part of the museum.
The cannon “fires” and makes a noise.
There is a small area of torture items and displays which may be scary.
St Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum is open 10 A.M. TO 7 P.M daily. It is located at 12 S Castillo Drive, St. augustine, Florida.
The price for adults is $13.99 and for children aged 5-12 it is $6.99. Children 4 and under are free. The website for the Pirate and Treasure Museum is: http://www.thepiratemuseum.com