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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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I remember when they finally discovered the treasure they had been searching for all those many years. This museum tells the story well by starting with a short film and then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Titusville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I figured this would end up being another Key West Tourist Trap, but was wrong. It is a fascinating history lesson for those who have the patience to read the information on the displays. Give the audio tape to the children old enough to appreciate it; they will not read all of the data. The story of the family is... More 

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I remember when they finally discovered the treasure they had been searching for all those many years. This museum tells the story well by starting with a short film and then sending you through rooms with displays containing gold jewelry, large silver ingots, gemstones, pottery and so on. So many people lost their lives when the Atocha was wrecked. What... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Never give up......Mel Fisher found his pot of gold after many years of perseverance. Many great artifacts and pictures. Amazing process used to restore what was brought up from the ocean floor.

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Miami, Florida
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We stopped in Key West while on a cruise. Rather than tour the ubiquitous tourist shops, we decided to spend three hours at this museum and we were glad we did. Loads of history and actual artifacts dating back hundreds of years and a testament to the determination of the treasure hunters. Their findings are on display and are amazing.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Big building with 2 floors, a gift shop, & a coin & jewel shop. It all is this one family's story over decades treasure hunting and hitting it big. It takes about an hour to walk though. It is a little bit stiff. I would not take children.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The museum really is the story of Mr. Fisher's perseverance in looking for the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, told with a video, many artifacts and much to read on the walls and displays.

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ny
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

what an inspiring life this man led, growing up in the middle of the country and following his dreams to the bottom of the sea, inventing the equipment he needed as he went and perservering against so many obstacles. so happy that he did not give up and his day finally came, and he was eventually allowed to keep his... More 

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Hayward, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Nice, helpful staff. Great displays of Mel & family's lives, the search and discovery, their later years. And the TREASURE, TREASURE, TREASURE! Wonderful speculation as to the history of the artifacts. We did the $2 audio addition, not sure it provided much more than the written naratives on display. The Spouse had read up on the expedition, but I found... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A super place for young and old. Historic, beautful and amazing finds. A must see place everytime we Visit Key West. Gorgeous and expensive ( of course) coins, jewelry, etc. in the gift shop....but window shopping is fun & we can all dream !!

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Springfield, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This museum highlights the treasures found by Mel Fisher when he located the 1622 ship The Atocha. There are some incredible things to see in this museum that were found aboard that ship--everything from pottery, scissors and tools, to jewels, jewelry and more. The one thing I disliked about this museum is that you have to pay additional money for... More 

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