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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Key West

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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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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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  • This is about a Spanish ship called the Atocha that sunk in 1622. On display are hundreds of things that Mel Fisher and his family dove and recovered! There is also a gift shop that you can purchase c...  more »
  • If you are interested in Diving, treasure, coins, history and adventure this is the place for you! Good exhibits and well laid out with the opportunity to learn of the search for the wreck and contemp...  more »
  • Hubby and I went through the museum in about an hour. The film at the beginning was very good and gives history on the life and times of Mel Fisher. We rented personal tour recorders so we could hear ...  more »
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  • It's a small museum, but the story along with the artifacts made it an interesting experience. If you enjoy history, stories of pirate's then make it a point to stop and see.
  • This was veey informative about the atrocha treasure discovery . Not to be missed. Good for all ages. Gift shop and restrooms. Air conditioned too!
  • Great displays of artifacts and how they are preserved. When we were there, had a side exhibit of landscape photos of Cuba. If you saw the movie, you have to go.
  • Enjoyed the entire experience! From the film to all of the artifacts and the gift shop , and descriptive placards.We never made it upstairs bc my feet ached from too much sightseeing. Wish we had more time or purchased the $2 headsets.feet exhibits
  • Great exhibit on the funding of the wreckage of the Atocha - fascinating artifacts. Great secondary exhibit of photographs of Cuba upstairs by photog Clyde Butcher. Fun for kids!