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Pirate Days on the Embarcadero!

May 18 & 19, 2013 at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Aye, if you hear the word PIRATE, it often strikes terror in the heart of any seaman, yet at the Maritime Museum of San Diego the word tingles with fun and excitement, if not suggesting a bit of a devilish encounter.

There is a saying: “Where there is a sea, there are Pirates,” so the Museum holds to the time-worn tradition of swashbuckling Pirates, brandishing their swords, to engage, delight, guide and educate our visitors.

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A two day celebration for kids of all ages, will include kids costume contests, carnival games, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and scavenger hunt for the pirate treasure which the mermaid holds at the end of the treasure hunt.

Climb aboard me hearties and join in the fun!

Pirate Days Events

  • Carnival games: 10am to 4pm
  • Sword fighting demos: 10:30am, 1:30pm aboard Star of India-poop deck
  • Re-enactors: ongoing aboard HMS Surprise
  • Cannon firing at end of mooring platform: 12:10pm, 2:10pm.
  • Costume contest aboard Star of India, main deck: 12:30 pm
  • Maritime Dancers aboard HMS Surprise - Sunday only - 11:30am & 2:00pm
  • Historic Bay cruises: ongoing
  • Photo opportunity with pirates: ongoing
  • Treasure/scavenger hunt: ongoing
  • Craft activities: ongoing upper deck Berkeley
  • Events & times are subject to change.

Don your pirate outfit, dust off your eye patch and come on down to the Maritime Museum of San Diego!

Costume contest held both days, will you have the bragging rights of most Piratical Pirate?


  • 10:00am - Event opens
  • 10:30am - Sword fighting demo (Star of India-poop deck)
  • 11:30am - Maritime dancers (HMS Surprise - Sunday Only)
  • 12:10pm - Cannon demonstrations (Mooring platform)
  • 12:30pm - Costume contest (Star of India)
  • 1:30pm - Sword fighting demo (Star of India-poop deck)
  • 2:00pm - Maritime dancers (HMS Surprise - Sunday Only)
  • 2:10pm - Cannon demonstrations (Mooring platform)
  • 4:00pm - Pirate Days Event ends
  • Events & times are subject to change.

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BUY NOW Pirate Days Admission tickets.
Guest passes, and Seafarers passes are not valid during Pirate Days.

Or show up in your Pirate costume and take $2.00 off admission at the museum (days of event only)!

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“Life is pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be, I’m a Pirate after all.”
Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean


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