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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 #26 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a museum rich in history! We...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This was the phrase of Mel Fisher the discoverer of the Atocha that sunk off the coast of Key West. If you are into history, determination, fortitude, and going against the odds, then the Mel Fisher story is for you. All of the struggles to find and eventually claim this treasure and then put some of it on display for... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This was a glimpse at millions in treasure but not very special. Sad story too with Mel losing his son etc.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is a must for the Key West visit. Mel Fisher's discovery of the Atocha is chronicled in this awesome museum. Much of the beautiful treasure is on display. The historical values is a close second to the beauty and bounty of what was found on that Spanish ship. Discover much of South Florida's history in this museum and learn... More 

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North Port, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

While in Key West we saw this down my Mallory Square. It costs $12 person. While it is in a 4 story building, the museum in only on the first two floors. While it was interesting, there was less treasure on display than I thought was there. There is gold, silver and emeralds though with is worth seeing. They have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

This was a pilgrimage - being and entrepreneur, explorer and diver ..and knowing this story, I had to go. The museum is interesting and the exhibits are cool. I think they could do it better though. Overall though, you gotta admire what this guy did..what tenacity.

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Alabama
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I was not familiar with Mel Fisher and the Atoche and found this museum to be fun and interesting to learn of this real life adventure of a quest for sunken treasure. One tip - it was a little chilly in there - bring a light jacket/sweater.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

A small museum which gave good info on Mel Fisher's treasure hunt but I liked the slavery exhibits better.

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Waco, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I have read about the exploits of Mel since I was a kid and knew this was a must see in Key West. I took my wife, who is not a real history nut like I am and she was really impressed with the information and the story that was told in the death of a Spanish Gallon and centuries... More 

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The title is the question my daughter asked at the exhibit on slave ships. At 11years old, of course she had read about slavey, but seeing the items that people used to purchase slaves, that brought an understanding you cannot put a price on. I am not sure if people enter the store and think that it is the museum... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Pretty interesting how this guy spent 16 years of his life looking for these treasures and it finally paid off.

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