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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Key West

Categories: Lookouts, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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3.2/5 based on 700+ 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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  • This was an interesting museum with character actors leading the tours. They detailed the history of Florida shipwrecks and how entrepreneurs would watch the coastline in order to go out and be the "f...  read more »
  • Good info and stories on the past and how Key West was at one time the most wealthy city in the US. The guide was fun and in character. When you're done on the tour you can look around and go outside ...  read more »
  • The Museum is very small and not fulfilled the expectations. Lacking the owners clear ideas and creativity to bring an exciting topic interesting over. Since you tried with some old bottles from sunken ships to make lots of money with tourists.
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