McLarty Treasure Museum, Vero Beach

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The McLarty Treasure Museum is located at 13180 North A1A on Orchid Island, north of Windsor and Vero Beach, Florida, on the barrier island at the north end of Indian River County. The museum occupies part of the former site of the Survivors' and Salvagers' Camp - 1715 Fleet, and is part of Sebastian Inlet State Park. It houses exhibits on the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet,and it features artifacts, displays, and an observation deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. An A&E Network production, The Queen's Jewels and the 1715 Fleet, is shown, telling of the fleet's attempt to return to Spain when a hurricane struck off the Florida coast 300 years ago.The property for the museum was donated to the State by Mr. Robert McLarty, a retired Atlanta attorney who lived in Vero Beach.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Unlike other treasure museums, this one adds information about the native peoples and their interaction with the shipwrecked crew of the 1715 plate fleet. Very intersting stuff.  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Great historical information. However the place needs an update! People are not the friendliest either. It covers the Spanish fleet of ships that went down in a hurricane in 1715.  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    If you're looking for pieces of eight you've come to the wrong place. Interesting films and the location-right in the middle of the Treasure Coast--gets you thinking you can walk outside on the beach ...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    If you are on Highway A1A and interested in history, this is a must stop. The Museum is insight to the origins of the early 18th century trade routes of the ocean. It features the very famous Astrolabe. On display is a literal trove of historic treasure, fitting to the name, but the quality simply can not be put into words. There is something for everyone here. On the grounds of the property there is a patio that resembles the front of a ship, but the important aspect is that it provides a view of where Famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher found the wreck site of the Atocha. For those very interested, bring a notebook and camera. The staff has more knowledge then a person should be able to comprehend, and they entertain every question. A true must stop. If I had to name one con to balance this out it would be that only the inside of the museum has air conditioning. It is a place you will never forget!
  • April 3, 2017
    A 'quaint' little museum, very friendly staff and a nice display of artifacts from the wrecks and the local native population. It's easy to get treasure fever considering 5 more ships have not been found yet,,,
  • March 5, 2017
    Great place for only $2 spend an hour or two. The video is interesting.
  • February 13, 2017
    It was interesting to see the artifacts from the shipwreck's. The speakers could be louder as your doing the tour.
  • December 13, 2016
    Very inexpensive small musuem with lots of artifacts. Great place to kill a half hour and learn some history.

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