On my recent press trip to Nassau and Paradise Island, we spent most of our time at Atlantis Resort – Bahamas. However, we did head into Nassau one morning for tours of both the Pirates of Nassau Museum and the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas. Both museums were definitely worth checking out, and the kids on the trip enjoyed them as well.
Whether you are staying in Nassau/Paradise Island for your family vacation, or are visiting the port on a cruise ship, these museums would be a fun place to visit and learn more about the history and culture of the Bahamas. The Pirate Museum Nassau is especially exciting for kids that are obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Things to Do in Nassau: The Pirate Museum Nassau
Pirates of Nassau Museum
The Pirates of Nassau museum, located in the heart of Olde Town Nassau, is an easy trip for any guests arriving via cruise ship. We took a motor coach from Atlantis and it was a short drive. Guests are greeted outside the museum by a very realistic pirate, and then led into the museum through the gift shop. After posing for photos, we headed through a pirate ship exhibit to the the self-guided tour.
The museum focuses on the history of pirates in the Bahamas and offers interactive exhibits with lots of information. It provides factual information, and the exhibits generally have to be read.
The museum is very realistic, and can be a bit gory for younger kids. My nine-year old son loved it however, and wasn’t scared at all. Expect to spend about an hour or so in the museum depending on how much time you spend checking out each exhibit.
If you are visiting with younger kids, I would definitely carefully consider your visit. The younger members of our group were definitely a bit scared.
Cruising on the Disney Dream? If you are on the three-day itinerary, you’ll often find that the day in Nassau is the same day as the Pirate Party. In that case, you can add to your exciting pirate day by visiting the museum. You can walk one block up from Bay Street, just up from the Straw Market. Visit early, and you can get back on the ship early in time to enjoy some of the ship’s activities before dinner!
Admission is currently $13.50 for adults and $6.75 for kids under 18 years old. The Pirate Museum Nassau is open from 8:30-5:30 pm from Monday through Saturday and 9am-2pm on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased right at the museum. There’s also a gift shop where your kids can purchase some fun pirate souvenirs.
See more reviews of the Pirates of Nassau Museum here.
After visiting the Pirates of Nassau museum, we walked a few blocks to the new Heritage Museum of the Bahamas, located across the street from famous Graycliff Hotel. The museum is small, but offers lots of great exhibits and artifacts showcasing the history of the Bahamas. Most of the collection is on loan from a British antiques collector.
Our guide led the kids to the front of our group, and carefully explained many of the exhibits. My son, who really enjoys hearing about history and heritage, really loved learning everything, from the British ownership of the Bahamas, to the history of the maritime culture. It’s a great place to visit – whether you are in Nassau for the day or for a longer vacation.
I’d recommend the museum more for adults and older kids who are interested in history. The guide really does add to the visit – it’s difficult to walk through everything on your own and understand the context. The museum is open from Monday through Saturday from 9am-5pm. It’s about a forty minute tour, and you can book it online here.
Chocolate lovers will also want to head over to the nearby Graycliff Chocolatier. While you can purchase chocolates there, you can also book a short factory tour where you’ll be able to choose two chocolates to try. Tickets for that can be purchased here.