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ST THOMAS — Ahoy there, matey! Hop aboard and sail towards the hands-on, interactive exhibits found at Pirates Treasure Museum at Buccaneer Mall. With an expansive selection of authentic shipwreck coins and themed gift items, this two-story 7,200 square foot Shipwreck Museum prides itself on showcasing this bounty of treasures from the world-famous deep-ocean discoveries of Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Dive in the fascinating tales of pirate legends as you wade through the museum that incorporates history and interactive exhibits, immersing visitors in the world of pirates and the deep-ocean exploration technology used to recover treasures that were once thought to be lost forever. With nine exhibits to explore, plus a thorough history of the U.S. Virgin Islands, guests are guaranteed to be entertained for up to two hours at this one-of-a-kind attraction. The Pirate Weapons exhibit highlights the various weapons, incendiary devices, and tactics pirates used to get what they wanted. Learn about the many shipwrecks that surround the Virgin Islands with the interactive map and artifacts recovered from shipwrecks in the area. Some artifacts featured in the Virgin Islands Shipwreck exhibit include an extensive collection of china from the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, a large demijohn, concreted coal and pipes, and octant used for navigation. Those curious about the pirate folklore of St. Thomas will receive thrilling insight to this part of the island’s history, like the fact that St. Thomas was once a haven for Blackbeard the Pirate and many other significant swaggerers. Visitors may be in for a treat when lively characters like “Captain John” appear out-of-the-blue dressed in full pirate regalia to share tales of long ago. As a final stop, visit the museum’s world class gift shop to select a piece of history to add to your own collection.

Pirates Treasure Museum is open on cruise ship days only. Call 340-775-9575 to confirm their hours. The museum is conveniently located next to the Skyride to Paradise Point across from Havensight Mall. Parking is available at the Tramway Parking Lot. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for children, and children 6 years old and under are free. To learn more about Pirates Treasure Museum, visit their website at

Written by Anquanette Gaspard