We’re big fans of St. Augustine. Pablo actually lived there when we first started dating, so it’s become a nostalgic place for us to visit as our relationship has progressed. For our 2 year anniversary, we visited a St. Augustine spot that had been on our radar for a while – the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.
The museum is relatively new. When they held their grand opening, Johnny Depp was in town. (Still sad I missed that. Johnny Depp, people!) I’ve had an infatuation with pirates since I was little – I’d go on The Pirates of the Caribbean ride over and over during our Disney visits and years later learned I’m related to Blackbeard. So, yeah, I like pirates.
We didn’t have very high expectations for the museum. We bought our passes from a group deal site and thought we’d be there no longer than a half an hour or so. Boy, were we wrong! A full hour and a half at the museum was barely enough time to cram it all into one visit.
The woman at the front desk gave us our treasure maps and told us that the museum had hidden artifacts. If we were able to find all of them, we’d get an official pirate stamp. We did the mature adult thing, of course, and scoured the museum to find all of the hidden artifacts. (We found all of them, so… I’M A PIRATE!) I thought this was a lot of fun. It kept us from glossing over the artifacts and gave us a reason to examine everything in the museum. I’m so glad they hid these – it’s a lot of fun finding them!
I won’t spoil the museum for you, but I will tell you that one of the highlights of my visit was taking the photo below. I grew up in love with the movie Hook and guess what they have on display at the museum? ONE OF THE MOVIE’S PROPS! So excited.
This museum is worth the money. It’s a great place to come with kids, but we had a blast with just the two of us adults.