Captain Kidd and Captain Blackbeard are just two of the more well-known pirates that dominated the seas off the north shores ... More
New England Pirate Museum
Captain Kidd and Captain Blackbeard are just two of the more well-known pirates that dominated the seas off the north shores of Boston. This museum gives you the chance to relive that bit of history with actors playing the parts of some of these 17th-century villains. A walking tour includes sites such as a dockside village, a pirate ship and bat-cave that hold some of the pirate's loot.
We were excited about going to this Pirate museum in Salem. What a BIG disappointment. You walk through hallways and look at semi-wax figures while a guide tells you basic information. Not a very clean building, and a little pricey for what you get - even the souvenir store is bad with only a few trinkets.
The New England Pirate Museum, as I learned from my well informed and very funny tour guide, is far more historical than any of those witch museums. As they said, 250 years of maritime and pirate history compared to 18 months of little girls having a hissy fit. Real Pirates, fake witches. How can you go wrong? The tour was very entertaining, and very informative. Our tour guide actually knew what they were talking about, and had a great sense of humor.
This was the most inexpensive of the museum tours. It is a strange set up but not unlike The Witch Museum. The actors who are your tour guides are funny and make the tour worth while. It is not like a 'regular' museum as there are not showcases with pirate treasure or the like for you to view. The only thing I didn't like was taking the tour in the dark which is the way it is set up. I don't really understand why except to add atmosphere but it is too dark if you ask me.
I didn't know about this museum because from the front it looks like an old store front that doesn't have much to offer. the only reason I took the tour was because it came as a package deal. It was worth it! I'm glad I did. the guide was very entertaining and well informed.
the sets and set-up wasn't half bad itself. Buy the combo ticket that includes this museum and two other popular ones, it is worth the time!
I went twice in the month of October,2007 with my grandsons they both really enjoyed the guide he was very informative and interesting he was jolly and chubby and fit the part very well. I have both a digital cannon rebel and an hp 7.2 meg and the pictures came out beautiful. Both boys learned some from the museum they talk about it still to friends and teachers the young men who work there make the kids feel welcomed keep up the great job be back in another week Love this place
I had high hopes for the Pirate Museum, but thought it was just okay. It is too kiddy for adults (wax figures that do nothing, no special effects, nada) and too adult for kids (no hands-on learning activities). No pretend ship for little ones to play pirate on? No telescopes for adults to peer through? Also, it is soooo dark in there, you can't take any pictures--even with flash! Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgable, but the museum itself was pretty lame. The price is right though...$6 adults, $4 kids.
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