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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 20th, 2009
11:39 am

I’d love for the convention district to get another attraction or something of that nature! Atlanta needs another draw…but a pirate museum…wouldn’t that be better in a coastal city where pirates ACTUALLY SET FOOT?!?!? Atlanta needs something like Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. Very interactive and fun for everyone!

Down with the Ship

October 20th, 2009
11:31 am

I love pirates as much as the next guy, but this is the worst idea I’ve heard in a while.


October 20th, 2009
11:19 am

Is there some untapped ‘Pirate’ market I am not aware of?
Anyway, the Aquarium is a huge success and people thought that was a really dumb idea.
Pirate Museum = Sid & Marty Kroft at CNN center?

Super Paul Bonebreaker Barlow

October 20th, 2009
11:15 am

I’ll take almost any attraction downtown…even this. But, How crazy is it to have apirate museum in a land-locked place that pirates probably never visited? (Dragon Con and Pittsburgh and East Carolina versions don’t count)


October 20th, 2009
11:13 am

The better question is: who doesn’t need a pirate museum? Answer: nobody. Bring on the pirates, matey.


October 20th, 2009
11:03 am

I think Savannah would be a better choice. Keep the pirates near the ocean where they should be. Atlanta needs to focus on fixing the homeless problem before encouraging more visitors to come here an be attackd by panhandlers.


October 20th, 2009
10:36 am

Were there pirates on the Chattahoochee?


October 20th, 2009
10:31 am

Why da hell we need a pirate museum??? Ya’ll trippin!


October 20th, 2009
10:29 am

Oh yeah! We need a pirate museum like a hole in the head! When I think of Atlanta, the image of a pirate never comes to mind. Why would anyone travel to Atlanta to see a pirate museum?? On the coast of Georgia? Sure, but not here.
Atlanta has a lot to offer – fabulous historic neighborhoods, Oakland Cemetary, loads of fun, cool restaurants, the Coca Cola Museum, Aquarium, Fernbank, the High, the Botanical Gardens, etc. etc. This is what needs to be promoted, not some hokey, fake pirate museum that has nothing to do with Atlanta.

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