Considering that Nassau has been for years a cradle and refuge for pirates and privateers, a museum with objects belonging to famous figures of piracy in the Caribbean could not miss. Half of the self-guided tour takes place in a wooden replica boat, with wax models, demonstrations and live animated scalawags. The total experience is a lively journey through the world of pirates.
Over the years, Nassau’s many protected shoals and islets have been the ideal base for the most famous pirates of the Caribbean, Benjamin Hornigold, Jack Rackham, Woodes Rogers including Blackbeard and Calico Jack, who destroyed the entire city in 1695.
The city was then the refuge of Caribbean pirates including Blackbeard who became the head of the city, under the name of Magistrate of the Republic of the Corsairs. Later the former privateer Woodes Rogers was appointed Royal Governor and asked the pirates to abandon piracy.
The museum provides an opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle of the privateer era and to understand their influence on the history and culture of the Bahamas.
The museum includes a replica of an 18th century pirate ship on which visitors can pretend to be on board. It is a good place to learn more about the golden age of piracy, including the only known female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
King and George St. John’s
Downtown, Nassau, Bahamas