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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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October 17th, 2009
3:50 pm

They should also check out Dante’s, where Pirates and live crocks have lived for years.

Jamie Gumbrecht

October 17th, 2009
2:38 pm

Lots of interesting points. I should add that we have very little information about this beyond the news that someone would like to put a pirate museum here. If this happens, it will be a while — there are a lot of steps to get through first. Very interesting to watch!


October 17th, 2009
2:27 pm

No…unless they’re going to hire some of the many homeless downtown to be the pirate tour guides, but mostly NO.

John Raulet

October 17th, 2009
11:14 am

I think this is a super idea. Why not a pirate museum? It is hard enough for young families to find fun inexpensive activities for children. I say let the naysayers let their kids sit on the couch playing video games while i take my kids here and let them learn about history and adventure!


October 17th, 2009
10:40 am

I see another Fanplex. I imagine that he’s already greasing the politicians for tax breaks and assorted benefits to get taxpayer subsidies.


October 17th, 2009
9:26 am

What a teriffic idea! I completely support it. I just hope the developers also have the foresight to include something like the world’s largest model pirate ship. Maybe even have a ride through the exhibit like the ride at disney for which the movie is named. I would brag to all my friends “we have an awesome pirate museum and the thrahsers play right next door!” (Take that ny and la.) I personally would never get around to going unless invited to some event there.

Dick Lea

October 17th, 2009
8:06 am

We’ve already got more than 25,000 lawyers in this town; what’s wrong with a few pirates?


October 17th, 2009
7:58 am

Arrrgh to the Grinches. A pirate museum sounds like lots of fun. Go to our wonderful Aquarium to see fish that swam the oceans, then cross the street and see treasures pulled from the sea beds. I know a guy with a real peg leg that could work there as an authentic-looking pirate.


October 17th, 2009
7:44 am

Why does Atlanta need any more attractions, when some of what could be our biggest attractions like the Delta Heritage Museum aren’t even open on the weekends? The Ford plant site could have been been the site of a new commercial aviation museum, much like the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Washington.


October 16th, 2009
3:42 pm

Probably the dumbest idea I have ever heard for DOWNTOWN. We all know there is NO way this place would be open for more than 6 months.

Why would ANYONE have ANY interest in a pirate museum in Atlanta? Perhaps the developer will read this : TRY PUTTING IT IN KEY WEST…an obvious choice.