Tampa Bay History Museum opens new gallery about pirates
Tampa Bay History's new permanent exhibit, Treasure Seeker’s, is loaded with pirate-centric adventures for the entire family! / Photo by City of Tampa

Is the pirate’s life for you?

The Tampa Bay History Museum opens a new gallery Sunday called “Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks.”


The permanent exhibition at the museum in Tampa, Florida, includes a 60-foot replica ship with pirate holograms; an immersive theater that shows what it was like to be at sea; and recovered sunken treasures.

Artifacts include a 17th century ship’s bell and a rare astrolabe, an ancient navigation tool that determined latitude by measuring the angle of the sun and other celestial objects.

Also featured: stories of real pirates like “Calico” Jack Rackham and female pirate Anne Bonny.

Pirate history is popular in the Tampa Bay area, with the massive Gasparilla festival each January and the Buccaneers NFL team named for a type of Caribbean pirate.

Galleries are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay History Museum Opens a New Gallery