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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 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.


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 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.

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
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.


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.

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
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.

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
3:50 pm

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


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.


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

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

Captain or Mayor?

October 18th, 2009
11:48 am

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

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……


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.


October 19th, 2009
11:31 am

Send it to Tampa where it belongs!


October 19th, 2009
4:18 pm

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


October 20th, 2009
6:24 am

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

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
7:42 am

Hey and right next to the Pirate Museum we can put an Air Museum. We can collect different air from different countries and make some displays!!!! LOL


October 20th, 2009
7:44 am

As long as there is an area where people can vote to make people walk the plank it might just work…….aaarrrrgrgggghhhhh

Susan McElrath

October 20th, 2009
8:46 am

Not a good idea, it will have its hand out for public funds within a few months. ATL has no obvious connections to pirate history anyway.


October 20th, 2009
8:46 am

Stupid. If it opens, I give it less than a year.

Scurvy Sally

October 20th, 2009
9:08 am

DEFINATELY! I participated in the annual pirate fest Piratepalooza & a good time was had by all, arrrrr!!!! Not sure about staffing it with vagrants, though. Would parents really want to take their little bucaneers & wenchlets there???


October 20th, 2009
9:36 am

Mikey B

October 20th, 2009
9:39 am

great idea! will fit right in with all the other robbers, thieves and beggars that prowl downtown- it would be just like museum characters roaming the streets! “Look honey, we’re being really robbed!” Just think of the stories to tell your kids!!


October 20th, 2009
9:50 am

HECK YES!!! we need a pirate thing here. there was a pirate dinner theater in Florida that i went to once and we need one here and more of course. it would be so awesome!!!


October 20th, 2009
10:11 am

Atlanta need more attraction place to the visitors.
so.. It is So GOOD idea ~!!


October 20th, 2009
10:12 am

Who is on crack????!!!!

[...] announcement by businessman Richard Lea has me excited. Who could be against a Pirate Museum? This article is a bit skeptical but hey that’s the job of a journalist. Some of her commenters are [...]


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.


October 20th, 2009
10:31 am

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


October 20th, 2009
10:36 am

Were there pirates on the Chattahoochee?


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
11:13 am

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

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
11:19 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?

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
11:39 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!


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.

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
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.

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
12:03 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.

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 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!!


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?