What to do in Nassau – Pirates of Nassau Museum
Located in the Downtown Area west of the Prince George Dock about a 5-8 minute walk, lies a large maroon building with the infamous scull and cross bones. This symbol as many may know was the sign of a pirate ship that sailed the high seas. The Bahamas was notorious for pirates back in the 16th century mainly because of the many small islands and dangerous reefs. The history of pirates have not been told fully in Bahamian history as there are bits and pieces scattered about the place in various books. This Attraction however takes you back to that era and gives you a good idea of the life of the city of Nassau during that time and the life of pirates on the seas.
Walking up to the building you are greeted by interestingly clad person in clothes that is obviously not from this era. The staff are dressed up in old pirate gear and often greet you with an ‘arrr me matey’ I found that rather funny but fun to hear. Entering the museum there is a replica of the city of Nassau back in the 1700’s with sounds to match and even wax statues depicting the life of person during that time. The dock is dark and the portion of the ship is really an awesome replica of a wooden ship. It will take some time for you eyes to adjust but once it does you can take you time and view all the details the developers placed into this museum. I was quite impressed by the small things put into place like signs and sounds, ropes, barrels and much more. A note to persons with cameras a digital camera that can handle low light situations would be ideal for this location as flash does not do the area any justice, if you do not have a low light camera I suggest you take a tripod with you.
Upon entering the ship itself to see how things were inside you can get the sense, as the mini signs written around the display suggest, that life on a ship was hard. The space is limited and small and it is easy to see how disease could spread quickly among the crew. Narrow walk ways and low light could make any land lover go mad quickly. The pirates of Nassau museum continues with life on board the ship, the living space of the pirates were not any better than those on land. Jammed pack on board was food, weapons and even live cattle the pirates must have found it hard to find any personal space. The pirates of Nassau museum continued to astound me with their attention to detail with the galley area which was shared by humans and animals and even some huge rats they they thought of to place in strategic areas. You and take your time and look around this area and not get bored.
The ship of pirates of Nassau museum soon changes to life on the high seas for a pirate, depicting a battle with other ships, pirates take a shore leave and even the worst fate of a pirate being marooned on a desolate island.
Back on land the pirates of Nassau museum has many artifacts that they included with great detail in their descriptions. Also the museum shows how piracy was dealt with, those pirates that were caught, those that were tortured and the men who plotted their downfall for the restitution of commerce in the Americas.
As a side note for photographers, if you want to use flash I suggest you use off camera flash. It may be better if you have someone else with you to hold it off camera as having a camera tripod and a light stand may get in the way of other patrons. Here is an image I decided to take using the Nikon CLS commander mode and a SB900 off camera. If placed in the right area a little added light can help to shed some illumination to the displays but as you may not have all day to spend in the museum quick shooting may not call for this.
All in all I would say this area is a great location for photographs and to learn alot about the history of the City of Nassau and the life of a Pirate in the 1700’s. The Pirates of Nassau museum definitely worth a look.