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“Remarkable deep sea diving gear” 5 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 #2 of 21 attractions in Islamorada
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Herndon, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Remarkable deep sea diving gear”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Incredible diving suit and old helmet collection. Truly fascinating to see what old dive suit diving was like. Great attraction.

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New York, NY
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“Unforgettable, Amazingly Curated, really fantastic roadside stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

The title says it all, really. The museum toes the line between kitsch and science quite well and has enough interactive exhibits to keep adults and children entertained! I learned a lot and have been diving for a decade, while my wife loved it too and has never used Scuba Gear. Highly recommended stop on the highway!

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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.

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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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