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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Key West

(4.1/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
See 17th century artifacts acquired from wrecks of galleons, slave ships, and plundered pirate vessels at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Among a plethora of rescued pieces, you'll find gold and silver items, navigational instruments, iron shackles that were used to punish sailors, elephant teeth, cannons, olive jars, Aztec ceramics, old coins, and even seeds and insects. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation lab and learn how 150-200 artifacts per year are cleaned, stabilized against deterioration, and preserved upon excavation. The gift shop showcases and sells recreated and authentic shipwreck treasures. Plan your Mel Fisher Maritime Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Key West using our Key West vacation generator.
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  • The exhibit is sparse at best. Not much to see. You are better off watching the documentary on Netflix and saving your money.  more »
  • This place is a fascinating museum dedicated to the discovery of a sunken Spanish gold ship. The exhibits explaining the expedition to discover the ship are interesting, but the actual pieces recovere...  more »
  • We stopped in to review the treasures and as an added bonus was self guided through the exhibits and learned many interesting fact related to Mel Fisher's life and his personal tragedies he incurred a...  more »
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  • Great for divers and history buffs alike. The many, many artifacts and rare objects that can be found in the museum are a sight to see. Prepare for a LONG stop if you want to read and absorb every piece of information they have to share
  • Disappointingly underwhelming. Especially for $15. I got the annoying phone thing for two extra dollars because many of the displays have no information cards, so if you want to learn anything about them you have to listen to it, but it will only mention one item in a full display case. Just go to the museum shop. It has about as many artifacts in it. The slave trade exhibit is the exact same images and stories you saw every year in your gradeschool textbooks, hardly worth climbing the stairs for. If you do, though, the piracy exhibit is fortunately worth a couple minutes, but it is freezing up there.
  • Fascinating Treasure-Hunting History. Easy to get around. Also contains a section devoted to the little-known history of.Slave Trading in the Caribbean..
  • I loved the displays and stories that went with them about the fabulous gold treasures that were discovered off the Florida coast. I also spent time in the store and purchased artifacts from other wrecks that they have discovered. All in all, a very worthwhile place to visit when in Key West.
  • Incredible history of Keys sunken treasures, makes you wonder what else it's still out there!