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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

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Address: 200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-294-2633
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Description: We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a...
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, 365 days a year!
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Interesting artifacts and history

We enjoyed learning about Mel Fisher's relentless search for treasure in the keys. There was also an interesting exhibit on slave ships. Make sure to see the 10 minute film on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Albany NY
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Let me start by saying, I have dreamed about getting to see this place since I was a kid, My dad had told me all about Mel Fisher, and the things that he had found while diving off of Key West. It's hard to describe the museum other saying it is amazing. While visiting do yourself the favor and pay... More 

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Huntley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Don't forget the laboratory tours - a MUST. Learn how they do what they do, and talk with archaeologists doing the work. Our guide was excellent and answered soooo many of our questions. It was exciting to see actual objects and processes.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I found this to be very informative, just left me wondering how people, decide they will devote so if there life to finding such interesting pieces of the past. I remember what I read then but this just took so much further. Very very interesting

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a truly unique museum that tells the fascinating story of Mel Fisher and his family's quest for 400 year old Spanish treasure. Makes history come to life and is and easy to understand. Compelling and well done video.

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Holland, Michigan
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The owner of our house we rented told us to head here. We were so glad we did. My husband and I went alone and then our daughter and boyfriend went the next day. We all enjoyed it. Must stop in the back gift shop where they sell some of the treasure. The staff are divers and live for this,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We added this museum early on to our plan for the trip. Truly an amazing experience. On the way upstairs is the sales arm of the business. Beautiful jewelry store! We bought a charm made from some gold from the ship. Love that I now own real treasure!

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Montauk, New York
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

One of the best things we saw this visit. The museum was so interesting and engaging. See the several minute video that runs continuously, read the signage and learn about the history of the Atoche, the find and the tragedy...also see the awful slave trade ship ..and see and feel the manacles that were used. Very sad. What a way... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is a museum NOT to be missed! It shows the amazing story and Lifetime JOURNEY of Mel Fisher and his family to find one of the greatest shipwrecks in History. This museum is good for all ages. The way the museum is set up, young children (5-8) will also enjoy! We really loved this museum and would highly recommend... More 

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Albany NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We enjoyed learning about Mel Fisher's relentless search for treasure in the keys. There was also an interesting exhibit on slave ships. Make sure to see the 10 minute film on Mel's life, and take your time looking at the artifacts.

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Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

While walking around Key West looking for something kid friendly to do away from the Spring Break crowds we stumbled upon this cute little museum. Although my husband put up a little fuss about the price, (he thought $45 was too much for a little museum) we enjoyed our visit. Our 7 year old son especially got into the whole... More 

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