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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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we're not disney

October 20th, 2009
7:41 am

atlanta does not need another museum or monument as a self serving tribute to a narcissistic millionaire. tell dude to donate his collection of artifacts to the aquarium and suggest he donate money to the woodruff arts center. NO FRIGGIN TACKY PIRATES!!!


October 20th, 2009
6:24 am

Don’t care as long as my money isn’t paying for it.


October 19th, 2009
4:18 pm

Its unusual but it sounds kind of neat. Definitely better than another civil rights museum.


October 19th, 2009
11:31 am

Send it to Tampa where it belongs!


October 19th, 2009
2:09 am

What a dumb idea. How much would really be in a pirate museum? And Hygoex, I didn’t even know we had a Delta museum. You learn something new everyday.

AARRHH Swabbee!

October 18th, 2009
4:07 pm

Great idea!
In the Keys, (Pirate Soul) is great and is lots of fun for all ages. The Black beard animitronic is awesome, they have a Jack Sparrow that remarkably looks like Johnny Depp in that character, greeting and telling people about items, events from the heyday of those scallywags. If they had a restaurant people would hang out longer. People love Pirates, the mystery, freedom and anybody can be one.
It would be a great addition to Atlanta and be the greatest venue for tourists too.
Make it on a grand scale and people will come.
Is Dante’s Down the Hatch still open at Underground? You could buy that ship or, well, you could partner with Dante’s and expand the menu past Fondue style and move it to your place. Having a themed place to eat dinner and have a show is a lost art. If you did get Dante’s to do it you would have to drop jazz as the main music and go to Pirate type songs and some theatrics.
I miss all the cool places my parents took me for dinner when I was a kid in the 60’s. The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale still brings them in for a wonderful Polynesian dinner and show. You could actually make the Dante’s ship an all day restaurant that changes with the time of day.
“Pirate’s Breakfast”, 2 eggs, Plundered, (scrambled), 2 Baked Dough Cakes smothered in Plank Grout, (biscuits and sawmill gravy), we are in the South you know. Shredded Musket Ball with Smothered Yellow Boot Sav and Smushed Scallywags sauce, (melted cheddar cheese and ketchup). With complementary Grog, (water or OJ). $6.99
(by the time they stop laughing the meal will be served)

“Captain’s Dinner Feast”,
“Soup of the Watch,” Evening Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl, with Crusty Bird Crumbs.
(Clam chowder with oyster crackers.)
“1 Red/Orange Creature with Hard Shell from the Depths, Split wide Open and Grilled with Asides, Arhh.”
(3 lbs., Caribbean Lobster, grilled with Butter and Garlic, Asparagus, and twice baked potato, loaded.
“Stuck on your Boot Green Slime Pie with Mad Bird Froth”.
(Key Lime Pie and whipped cream).
Add water park, partner with Disney for Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride, museum tour, general gathering area with Pirate motif, gift shop and the Aquarium with want to buy you out. Or maybe Disney will. Heck I’d quit my job running a law firm and have some fun again. Get the place going with you for a nice pirate’s booty. Plus health insurance. The kind that allows for on the job injuries like, “cannon missfire, running aground, sword play encounters, musket and cannon fire exposure.” I hate it when they claim that was a pre-existing condition

Think of the jobs it can create which is what our President should be doing during this horrible time. 200 or so? Perhaps more if you add the disco, meeting rooms, Marta Rail directly to the venue from the airport, hotel and outdoor pool. And Pirate mini golf and bumper pirate ship lagoon……

Captain or Mayor?

October 18th, 2009
11:48 am

I thought the new Pirate installation is at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave.

[...] ninjas, tons of pirates. Maybe there’s something to this pirate museum after all? These fellows walked with the Atlanta Pirate and Wenches [...]


October 17th, 2009
7:19 pm

Two fantastic pirate restaurants in Charleston,SC that do realy well. one of them has been ther for years

Queen Annes Revenge and The Buccaneer,,,awesome food and one one of the best collections of artifacts on display in the usa. our family loved it


October 17th, 2009
4:06 pm

Are the Somali pirates going to be inducted?
I mean really how many museums in GA are already bamkrupt? Waste of money.