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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

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Address: 1 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 292 8990
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Description: Discover the rich history of Key West’s shipwrecking past at the Key West...
Discover the rich history of Key West’s shipwrecking past at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Shipwreck artifacts, including a silver bar you can hold, fill the museum that is recreation of 19th century wrecker’s warehouse. A lookout tower and audio-visual displays share with guests the experiences of the dangerous world of ship wreckers. Storytellers, in period costume, bring history to life with tales ensuring a fun and fascinating experience for the entire family.
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"WRECK ASHORE!"

A delightful museum chronicling the birth, growth and ultimate demise of the Wrecking industry in the Florida Keys. Guests are ushered into the museum by the character of Asa... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Plantation, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Everybody that works here is very nice. The place is small but has 3 floors plus the tower. Not too much to do, it's ok.

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Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A delightful museum chronicling the birth, growth and ultimate demise of the Wrecking industry in the Florida Keys. Guests are ushered into the museum by the character of Asa Tift. Yes, THAT Asa Tift: the famous wrecker himself who built the Key West home that would, one day, be purchased by Ernest Hemingway. Many of the artifacts on display are... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The tour guide was very authentic; dressed the part and talked about what was going on during the shipwreck salvage days of Key West; nice acting. I just didn't think it was worth $15 for a little over an hour of an attraction. Interesting artifacts. Nice lookout tower.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a great idea, we went to the aquarium and bought this as an add on and I'm glad we did. It was air conditioned and actually very interesting information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It is true that all tourist visiting here should stop in and enjoy the local lore/lure. When walking try to visit every place because you never know what you will find.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This place is great ! Guides dress in period costumes and are actors. So much historical information about Key West. 5 out of 5 stars. Don't miss this one. Absolutely loved !

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Decatur, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We enjoyed the experience of the museum. The staff played their characters to a tee. A lot of history of how they dealt with shipwrecks back in the day. The view from the tower is amazing!

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Madison, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was a fun little tour. The tour guide acts as one of the sailors and "relives" the way they might have when a ship wrecked on shore. I never knew it really was a business and how they made their living. Some good history after the first bit of the tour you finish by yourself and can wander around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I thought this would be a boring attraction but i should have known better since it is across the street from the best aquarium ever! This place was a blast, very entertaining and well worth the money. You learn alot about the history of Key West also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Was pretty impressed. There was a lot of neat and old artifacts from shipwrecks. The guide who started us out on the tour was very informative. The tower provides a great view of KW from the top too. Overall a good experience and worth the $$.

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