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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Key West

(3.2/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Explore maritime artifacts without getting wet, and learn how the locals made a living out of salvaging at Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Throughout history, many ships have been lost in the treacherous waters off Key West. For a while, pulling in hauls from shipwrecks was the basis of the island's economy. At this museum, an actor portraying Asa Tift, the 19th-century salvaging baron, takes you on a tour of the building, which is a reproduction of Tift's warehouse. Many of the artifacts were carried by the merchant ship Isaac Allerton that sank in 1856 and yielded the greatest-ever booty from Key West shipwrecks. You'll also see artifacts recovered from other ships. Don't forget to climb up the 20 m (65 ft) tall wreck-spotting tower. Buy tickets at discounted prices online. Use our Key West trip itinerary builder to add Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum and other attractions to your Key West vacation plans.
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  • You don't think of Key West in terms of it's shipwreck history, but this museum and tour will remind you. Not a must see, but it was fun and educational. There are a lot of historical artifacts, real ...  more »
  • Located in the Mallory Square area this attraction will catch your eye from the tower and ship wreck style building. Loaded with history of Key West it's a must visit if your in the area- it does clos...  more »
  • The in charter drama is very good and and easy climb tower give one a great opportunity to take lots of pictures of the water front area of Key West. Not the best stop but worth while.