History of Diving Museum, Islamorada

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View some of the world's earliest diving equipment at History of Diving Museum. See polished diving bells and armor, and learn about the brave divers who were the first to explore the deep. Enjoy the engaging, hands-on exhibits that cover thousands of years. Stop by the Bauer Diving History Research Library, which features a large collection of rare books, documents, photos, woodcuts, and prints related to the history of undersea explorations. The museum's displays are arranged on a single floor that is accessible for visitors with limited mobility. Take a look at our Islamorada trip planning tool to schedule your visit to History of Diving Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Great museum. Well done. Good exhibits. Time well spent learning about the history of diving. Some multi-media exhibits. A great collection of dive helmets from all around the world! I was expecting s...  more »
  • Small museum that displays a large collection of pieces from the history of diving exhibited very didactic and dynamic. It is a nice place to visit
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  • I've never seen so many Diving hats in my life. An amazing collection. I love how the museum takes you through time to witness the evolution of undersea exploration.  more »
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  • We went into this blind, kind of expecting something enjoyably cheesy. Instead we got a very thorough museum with very thoughtful, impressive and intriguing artifacts. Really walks the line of having surprising and interesting material, occasional novelty, and teaching without boring. Seriously one of the best small museums I've ever seen.
  • First off, make sure you have more than an hour to visit. We got here an hour before closing and even though they told us very kindly that we can stay past the closing time, you don't want to feel rushed. It's definitely worth taking your time to soak in all the incredible contraptions divers have created through the decades to achieve new depths. My favorite part by far was the wall of original, not replicas, of diving helmets from across the globe. With the push of a button, the wall lights up and tells you a little about each helmet and its origins. I was told the exhibit is constantly changing and that they were adding two new sections in the upcoming months. Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.
  • Loved the museum, it was very innovative and lots of cool stuff. Can't believe someone collected so many pieces of diving equipments! The staff was very sweet and if you read everything, the museum should take 1.5 hours. There's not much around the area though, not sure if it's worth a visit just on it's own.
  • Nice museum about diving. My hubby was a navy diver and they did not have all the rigs ... completely missed a major model. But all in all a nice display easy access from main road.
  • My friend really enjoyed this museum. There was just so much stuff crammed into a small place. There's another review on here of someone saying if you actually take the time to view each items and read the facts corresponding to it then you woukd be here for hours and he is correct. Don't forget to press the button for the diving helmet wall display. We almost didn't see it and would have missed out on a lot of good information. Great collection.
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