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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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  • For the money there's not much here. The presenters and film didn't teach us more than what we had already heard in the general area histories from several other places, including the trolley. There i...  more »
  • Dropped in while strolling around the area....bought tickets to museum AND aquarium. Enjoyed "Smokey Joe" and his presentation of the museum. 
  • The workers gave a good glimpse of what life was like in the hay day of wrecking. It was a bit cheesy but very informative. The relics in the museum were interesting. The lookout tower made the visit ...  more »