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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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A very interesting museum where we learned how difficult life was so long ago. To know how many ships actually sunk and the treasures that went with them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Daphne, Alabama
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A very interesting museum where we learned how difficult life was so long ago. To know how many ships actually sunk and the treasures that went with them.

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Santa Maria, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very interesting museum for treasure hunters and would be pirates alike. This is a great place to see the history of the search for the Spanish Galleon Atocha.

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Dayton, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The late Mel Fisher was the discoverer of the wreck of the Spanish galleon the Nuestra Señora de Atocha. This ship was carrying a fortune in gold, silver and jewels when it was sunk during a hurricane of the Florida coast. The museum goes into a lot of detail about how the wreck was found, the care to document the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Pretty cool place. You get to learn about the wrecks that the treasure came from. Staff is nice and informative. I'd recommend this place if you like history, probably not for kids though they may get board.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We stopped here on a Celebrity Cruise, my friends got married on the way. Enjoyed it so much I picked up some gold from the Atocha ship wreck. Very interesting place with knowledgeable staff

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Salem, NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If you want to see what it is like to be a treasure hunter and what it takes to succeed this museum is for you. Gold and silver examples are abundant. Also, complete discussion of what slave ships were like and display about same. Coupon on line. I had been recommended to go to this museum (along with E. H.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The museum does a great job telling the story of the various wrecks along the keys. It has some really special collections from the Fishers and their partners.

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Greer, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The Mel Fisher museum was worth the money. The story behind the treasure was fascinating. It was amazing to see the actual booty in person.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

So like most people I'm sure, I was first drawn (foolishly so) to the "Shipwreck & Treasure Museum" just down the street because of its flashier name and building. I was quite disappointed, but after found the Mel Fisher Museum and was blown away! Firstly, if you're interested in shipwreck artifacts and treasure, the Mel Fisher Museum has WAY MORE... More 

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This museum was very well done and fascinating, especially to anyone who has followed National Geographic's articles about Mel Fisher's treasure-hunting adventures and other undersea adventures. We also signed up for the Archeology Talk given by the Foundation's archeologist, and it was even better and more fascinating than the museum itself. We were guided upstairs to the lab where we... More 

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