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“Very Interesting for a Rainy Day!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of History of Diving Museum

History of Diving Museum
82990 Overseas Highway, at MM 83, Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-9737
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Islamorada
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Oklahoma
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“Very Interesting for a Rainy Day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Drove down from Key Largo. Very enjoyable and very informative. Since I am not a diver, I was not bored. My hubby is the diver and thoroughly enjoyed it. It took about an hour and a half. Just the right amount of time to enjoy everything.

Visited February 2012
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“Museum worthy of a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We spent about an hour at the museum that included a 3 minute introductory video and moving at a decent pace reading and pausing to interact with certain objects. The museum is essentially designed for visitors to move in one direction, which actually works well in the past to present history of diving progression. However, the exhibit is displayed on the left and right of you for the most part, but you can always back track a bit so you don't feel rushed to see everything. I appreciate the time and care the owners put in to share their collection with the public. The exhibit is nicely developed although some signage could use a little repair or be replaced (not a huge distraction). Other than that, the diving bell and the narwhal tusk were the two most memorable things for me and don't forget your camera!

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Miami, Florida
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“A great exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012 via mobile

Believe it or not, every once in a while there is a day in the Keys with less than perfect weather. We stopped.in on one of those days and were greatly surprised. The museum was started off of the personal collection of authentic diving equipment collected by a couple. They have an extensive amount of diving related artifacts very nicely arranged, displayed and described. The museum is not huge.but is really the perfect size for the subject matter. It was a great way to.spend an hour or two.and the staff was all very nice, helpful, and knowledgeable.

Myself and my friends are all scuba trained but not frequent divers. We all felt the museum would be interesting for non-divers, but particularly so for divers and snorkelers. If you have the time you should definately check it.out. it is also kid friendly and many things for kids to touch and feel and play with.

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Key Largo, Florida
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“A "don't miss" essence of the Keys; the owners are passionate about diving as well as history and it shows!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

This roadside attraction is steeped in interactive and engaging displays on the evolution of diving, from breathold sponge divers to a wall of impressive diving helmets and full suits. The family can get involved with child-friendly displays and videos... all self-guided.

Diving, like Jimmy Buffet, is at the heart of the Keys, and these folks keep giving it a strong beat!

The History of Diving Museum also hosts FREE regular evening speakers to standing-room only audiences on fascinating subjects from sunken treasure salvage to Henry's Flagler's contribution to the Florida Keys.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Interesting collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

Great place to go for an hour or so - particularly if its raining outside. There's a fascinating collection of diving artifacts and memorabilia and its all 'hands on'

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