Pirate Museum, Nassau
On this latest visit to Nassau (Dec., 2009) I finally was able to visit the "Pirates of Nassau Museum" which is within an easy 10-15 minute walk from the cruise ship piers in the "heart of Nassau."
This interactive museum would appeal to many children as well as adults who are fascinated by the "Golden Age of Piracy" in the Caribbean which lasted from 1690 - 1720, and Nassau just happened to be a favorite port among pirates. Nassau provided the perfect, protected harbor from which the pirates could launch their attacks on the trade routes of merchant vessels.
We were greeted by a swarthy, costumed pirate by the name of "Captain Sparrow," and from there entered the long, maroon-colored building through a thick-walled, fortress-like stone gate entrance. The first room was one of the best in the museum and which was a great attempt at replicating what an old, seaside, shanty pirate village might look like in the early 1700's.
A pirate galleon with wax figures added to the ambience and would have been even better with real persons acting in character. The crew's below deck living space "inside" the ship was well done and seemed quite authentic making me wonder just how anyone could actually live aboard such a ship for any real length of time. Moving out into the rest of the museum, we found several panoramas with scenes depicting pirates, accompanied by sound dialogue from the "pirates" recounting some event or what was happening in the scene.
The museum does strive to "teach" by the addition of many plaques which test your knowledge of facts vs. myths and these are very interesting as well as an education.
The last room of the museum features display cases with objects dating back to the time when pirateering was in full swing. These displays were also interesting though it would have been nice to have a larger collection of artifacts and the lighting in these rooms could have been better.
I thought the museum was a worthwhile stop for about 45 minutes to 1hr to learn more about the historical past of the Bahamas during the early 1700's and how pirates played a unique and very prominent part of it.
There is a nice gift shop with lots of fun stuff for kids young and old---anything pirated inspired --- toys, t-shirts, flags, maps, postcards and lots of souvenirs of your visit.
Admission: Adult: $12 US; Children 4 - 17: $6 [Admission prices remain the same in 2012 as they did in 2009!!]
Museum Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday - 9am - 12 noon
We didn't book a tour and opted take the 10 minute walk from the ship and explore on our own. Our first stop was the pirate museum .We read about this online and thought it would be interesting. It is $11.00each and we thought worth it. It has a replica of a pirate ship that you walk through with life like scenes and video depicting life as it was a few hundred year ago when Pirates ruled the seas .It took us about 45 minutes to see it and we thought it was worth the stop.
This is a cool place( A pirate museum) for at least one visit. If your not taking any children you might not like it to good. We had our 12 y/o son at the time and he loved it. It's perfect for young boys. They learn about the pirates and walk through a pirate like ship. The people who work there were really nice. I thought it was a bit over priced though.
History shows that pirates roamed, and sometimes ruled, Nassau along with the sea around it. Learn about the legends that are still told today. Pirates Museum is very interesting. Take your kids and meet the pirates there
Fun for the family is available at the Pirates Museum. Fully equipped with your pirate impersonators who come and talk with you in the middle of the streets, it's no wonder this is a local hit. It has its own popular pub and (of course) a gift shop of many cool treasures. Guaranteed a nod or two from your little son who may be into the whole "pirates" thing. Hey, I had fun, and I'm not into pirates! You learn about the history of the pirates in the Bahamas, and it's got some great information and artifacts.
Must see or tourist trap? I can't decide.
The Pirate Museum, located a little way from the Straw Market, does have some authentic pirate artifacts, as well as good information as you go through the 10 rooms. You can peek inside this first room (see picture) to see if you want to pay for the $12 tour (we got $2 with a coupon from the cruise ship map - and a free rum punch too).
The Pirate Museum tells of the history of pirates. Nassau was the base for many pirates during the Golden Age of piracy (1690-1720) and had the largest concentration of pirates ever seen.
The museum is interactive, with sounds of water and celebrating pirates filling the air. The displays of wax pirates and narratives paint a vivid picture of a life that was favored by many sailors tired of the strict and often fatal life offered by merchant and military ships. A replica pirate ship, the Revenge, is also on display, and you will learn about the lives of many famous pirates and their fate.
Hours are Monday to Saturday 9am - 6pm and Sunday 9am - Noon. Admission is listed at $12 but we got in for $10. It takes about 30-45 minutes to walk through the museum.
Due to their particular location, the Bahamas were a haven for pirates such as the infamous Blackbeard in the 17th-18th century. Pirates of Nassau is a valiant attempt to explain and demystify the life (and, eventually, death) of a pirate in those times.
The dioramas can seem cheesy at first glance, but if you take the time to read the interpretive panels and signs along the way, you will certainly learn something. The museum seems to have struck a fair balance between entertainment and education and makes a fun outing for the family.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children (ages 4-17). Tickets must be purchased in the Pirates of Nassau gift shop next door.
The Nassau Pirate Museum was pretty dull. There weren't many artifacts as much as it was a reason to get people to pay money to hear them talk about pirates and show a few props. The gift shop was pretty cool.
We have been to Nassau and Paradise Island several times on cruises as well as staying there. However, we had never been to the Pirate Museum.
The museum is a short walk from the pier in downtown Nassau. The admission price is $12 per person.
The museum has a replica of a pirate ship, several stories about the various pirates in the area, and a few artifacts.
The day we were there an individual was dressed up as a pirate and gave a very enjoyable "Pirate talk"
If you have done all the usual tourist sites in Nassau may want to give this a try.
A cute museum with pirate stuff all over the place. It takes about 30 minutes to go through unless you feel like reading every plaque in the place. Its a fun place, but a little overpriced.
It's a silly touristy attraction, but why not? Probably took us about 20 minute to get through it and look at decorations and fight with a pirate outside.