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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-294-2633
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Ranked #29 of 83 Attractions in Key West
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a museum rich in history! We have amazing treasure in our 1622 Fleet exhibit of the Spanish galleons discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. Also thought provoking Spirits of the Passage and Key West African Cemetery exhibits to glean insights into the transatlantic slave trade and Key West's unique role in it. And don't miss our three new exhibits -- Spanish Coins in the New World, the Real Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Science of Shipwrecks. You can even take a lab tour to see how history is revealed through excavation and conservation of shipwrecks. Make plans to visit. We're open seven days a week!

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Union, Oregon
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211 reviews 211 reviews
87 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Don't expect to see much. Once we got in there it was very small. Some treasures to view. But if you want to see the good stuff it is an additional fee. We opted out!!!!

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North Canton, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It will make you want to go look for treasure. It is very interesting. A great place to take the kids.

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I enjoyed visiting the Mel Fisher museum as you get to see some of the hundreds of millions of dollars in treasure found from the Atocha ship wreck. I love history, so I did enjoy the museum. Take your time and read all of the information so you can get the most out of the museum. I would not recommend... More

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Morrisville, Vermont
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20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

When you are in Key West this is a "must see"! They have done an excellent job of creating very informative displays and exhibits. Mel Fisher's life & experiences are well told, then you go in to the treasure exhibits. Gold,jewels, coins, gem-encrusted jewelry, gold chains and artifacts abound! The craftsmanship of some of these artifacts is incredible! Upstairs there... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Treasure, history, and pirates ~ if these are on your fave list, you will enjoy this museum. Mel Fisher is truly a unique American story. Born in Indiana, he went from Mid-west chicken farmer to California dive shop owner to Florida treasure hunter. He searched for the Atocha for decades, struggling through tragedy, family loss and legal tribulations before finally... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

This is a very small museum, but has some neat items. Only takes about 20min to go through. Worth the stop if you want to see huge silver bars, big gold chains, large emeralds, etc. I forget how much it was, but part of the ticket price goes toward the informational events they have for kids. If you don't make... More

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Rainbow City, AL
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Was recommended by a friend and worth every cent. Entry point has a nice time line for history of Mel's life and discoveries. A film summary running in a continuous loop every 15 minutes is a intro to the treasure that was found. Very interesting and worth a visit.

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a must see if you like gold, gems and history. To see some of the treasure that Mel Fisher found off the Keys is amazing. You can even buy a piece of real treasure. Very interesting to see treasure from the 1600's Atocha and to own a piece is a unique treat

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I love maritime history and the Mel Fisher museum made me fascinated by history of piracy and the lucrative spanish trade in the Florida Keys. Great museum, lots of artifacts from wrecked spanish galleons. You'll get to see some of the luxury items that were being exported from the region.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Mel Fisher's collection of gold from the bottom of the ocean is worthy to see. Good tour with many historical facts about the shop wrecks.

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