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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Address: 200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-294-2633
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Ranked #30 of 94 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, 365 days a year!

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Flint
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in treasure hunting, this is one place you don't want to miss. The story of the wreck of the Atocha and the inspirational story of finding the wreck. Don't miss the jewelry store even though the prices may startle you, the pieces in the store are as interesting as the museum.

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Oxford, Mississippi
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Wow this was a great museum and store. Loved looking at the gold silver and diamond jewels recovered from Atoche Spanish Gallion. Must visit this when in Key West. Saw a million dollar solitary Emerald ring on display. 27 Karats. Wow. Joe Gauvin

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

A lot of people are fascinated by ship wreck stories, and this museum tells a lot of them. The treasure from the Atocha was well displayed and pretty amazing. The Pirates section up stairs was more interactive and probably more fun for older kids. You can sit for a short film on the wreck that will give your hot, tired... More 

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Houston
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Mel Fisher's story is quite inspiring. I love what they have done with the museum, offering diving trips and lab tours to enhance the educational experience. They really explain the history behind the treasure.

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Pittsburgh Pa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Absolute MUST for sunken treasure enthusiasts! Tells the story of Mel Fishers search for the Atocha with many exhibits and charts. Enough gold and silver to make your eyes sparkle! LOL Staff is very informative and helpful. They actually work on the recovered items on site so if you are lucky maybe you can watch them doing restoration work. Makes... More 

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Newbury, New Hampshire
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

This museum chronicles the search and recovery of several 16th century sunken treasure and slaving ships. While there is a lot of information on charts and exhibits throughout the museum, there was no one to ask questions. I found out later that there headphone electronic tour that we were not offered when buying our $12.00 tickets. There is a store... More 

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Roselle, Illinois
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum with the story of Mel Fisher discovering treasures from the ocean floor. The museum was very accommodating with providing a wheelchair for a member and taking us to the 2nd floor via the elevator reserved for those needing assistance. Loved looking at the artifacts and learning about the process of restoration. If you dig history,... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This museum was actually pretty neat. My family was surprised about how cool it was. I would recommend going to this museum if you travel to Key West.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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114 reviews 114 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Take the time to learn about the greatest treasure hunter of our lives, and see some of the beautiful artifacts. We see or learn something new with each visit so we recommend repeat visits.

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Lovely museum with nice gold and treasures to witness while learning something about Key West. I suggest you attend this museum while in Key West, it would definitely teaches you something :) Happy Travels

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