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Does downtown Atlanta need a pirate museum?


Pssh, we've got plenty of pirates downtown...during Dragon*Con. AJC file photo

I can’t answer that question. I couldn’t have explained to you why Atlanta became the site for the world’s largest fishtank, or why it would be a puppetry nucleus, but it is, and that’s that. When we heard the news that a pirate museum might move in near Centennial Olympic Park, my response was, “Wow.” Then, “Of course.”

Because, well, of course. Why am I surprised? We’re already working on museums for everything else.

Centennial Olympic Park seems like the trendiest spot for a museum around here. It’s already surrounded by the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the National Museum of Patriotism, CNN Center and Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. There are plans to put the national health museum, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights nearby.

A pirate museum could be fun, but offhand, I’m not seeing the Atlanta ties.

When I searched the AJC archive for “pirates,” I got a plenty of returns — game photos from when the Atlanta plays Pittsburgh in baseball.

What do you think? Would you visit a pirate museum in Atlanta? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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August 20th, 2010
11:07 am

Apparently not everyone is aware of the vast interest in pirate lore and the role of pirates in American history. Shouldn’t people in Atlanta be glad that someone is investing in a project in their city? How about the jobs created by this venture? What the hell?


October 21st, 2009
10:06 am

Incredibly STUPID idea, but if the tourist are STUPID enough to pay the admission, by all means let’s take their money from them!!

Say what?

October 20th, 2009
4:59 pm

I think this is great for Downtown. I’d like to see an action-figure muesum. Go-bots, perhaps?


October 20th, 2009
12:03 pm

I think we should turn the whole city into an amusement park. God knows we have enough clowns running it anyway. Just use some of that “Obama Money” to pay for it.

Dave The Wave

October 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

Because it makes little sense at the mere thought of it, the concept will be a huge success. Get on board now (ha, ha) before it’s too late and you are just a wannabe swabby. Avast ye Lilly Livered Mateys! Don’t ye be a Squiffy and miss out on the Sweet Trade! Grab ye Grog and get loaded to the gunwales! Arrrrrrrrggg …


October 20th, 2009
12:01 pm

Simply idiotic. Coastal communities from North Carolina to Key West have legitimate claims to real pirate history. Downtown Atlanta needs to find a lastinf solution to Underground’s deterioration and it isn’t a pirate museum.

Kevrock/Smarty Jones

October 20th, 2009
11:47 am

Very dumb Idea. That needs to be in Tampa or somewhere else by the sea.
It will fail here. No doubt. WE ALL know this….


October 20th, 2009
11:40 am

Stupid idea unless Al Gore is right and Atlanta is about to become ocean front property with the global warming crisis.