Pirate3When I go to the very new Pirate & Treasure Museum in St. Augustine, Florida with the children, I’ll expect to have a good time. 
That’s because I went by myself already. Didn’t expect to be thrilled, yet loved finding out I was way, way wrong.

This is a superb museum, taking piracy seriously and presenting handsome, engaging interactive exhibits to make the point. Not a silly place; this is history, technology, artifacts, photography, robotics and certainly treasure chests.

Pirate connections each child

I want to work the computers with great-grandson Will, a sixth grade whiz at all things techie. Think I counted eight computers in one room, touch screens flipping pages of a glorious Book of Pirates and following treasure maps of notorious pirates.



Murals, sounds and action give energy throughout the Pirate & Treasure Museum.

Firing the cannon, a real one, with four-year-old granddaughter MJ would be a blast since she has the energy of her father, my second-born son. Only the fire source is imaginary.

Below Deck at this museum is a sound chamber, pitch dark, headsets with big cover-the-ear pieces. Guess what? I liked the big ones since little ear buds introduced when I was already old are still unsettling.


Pirates are serious about their own code of conduct and it’s posted in the Museum.

Disney Imagineers created this compelling few minutes.

Think I’d rather take the grownup kids I birthed and grandkids-by-marriage to this part of the museum. Blended families have generations the same ages. 

This sound show in the dark was big drama, hi tech, well done, startling. I loved it alone. I’d have missed a lot worrying about little kids and their reactions.

The artifacts are splendid; I lingered, wishing for friends and relatives who would appreciate authentic pirate bounty.

Treasures indeed, collected carefully by Pat Croce. 800 artifacts dating to 1563. The kids might not care yet, but I do. Croce is an entrepreneur, author of pirate books, pirate historian, collector and founder of this place.

Started as the Pirate Soul Museum in Key West but he moved it to St. Augustine where pirates once plundered, and opened Dec. 8, 2010.

You might consider planning this holiday Sept. 19, 2012—since every Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Top photo: Treasure maps are interactive, electronic and with pencils.