Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • AJNNJ44
    New Jersey443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Today’s the day
    While the history of the Atocha may be lost on a fair number of Key West visitors I am a shipwreck geek and dragged my wife along to visit Mel’s place. The artifacts on display are tremendous and there is so much history to read. The facade of the building was under construction when we visited and the sounds of jackhammers was a bit distracting but the museum is absolutely worth some time (and the construction should be finished shortly). Today’s the day!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • MAB
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice reprieve from the heat in an interesting setting
    An interesting stop - it only takes a couple of hours to get through the exhibits. Don't bother with the audio - you don't need it the information is duplicated within written the exhibits. Cute little gift shop - we picked up an interesting map of Florida ship wrecks.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Dorothy M
    Incline Village, Nevada225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this !
    An excellent walk through the long process of Mel Fisher’s discovery of the Atocha and other wrecks. Starts with a short film worth watching. We did not find the listening devices to be very useful. Lots of descriptions with the exhibits. An extensive collection of his finds, not just gold and silver, though there was plenty of that on display. Very educational about life on ship. Where and why the ships were collecting cargo and precious goods from South and Central America. The upstairs rooms and discussion of pirates, privateers and buccaneers was well done, as well as the area with US/Cuban history. Highly recommend visiting.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Robert L
    Amherst, Massachusetts1,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!
    Right in the middle of Key West tourist attractions is this commercialized museum. The greeter at the top of the stairs had several interesting stories about the "wrecking" culture. In the heyday, there was 1 wreck weekly to be salvaged. Walk to the top of the lookout. Recommended ever if it's corny.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
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Victor S
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
i remembered seeing lots of treasure and being in awe when i was a kid. there used to be a gold bar that you could pick up inside of a plexiglass box. not the case anymore. they charge you 16 bucks just to walk through a couple rooms the size of an average house. with a few treasures. super overrated. will never go back again. so lame. was embarrassed to bring my girl there i said it would be cool and it was so lame!
Written February 17, 2020
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Victor, We are wondering when you were last here. We added an additional floor of exhibitions in 1995 representing 7 new galleries. This more than doubled our square footage of public galleries. Perhaps you didn't see on national news that the gold bar was stolen in August 2010. After a multi-year manhunt the FBI arrested the criminals and they have been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. Here's a link to the conviction coverage https://www.wlrn.org/post/gold-bar-thieves-sentenced-ordered-pay-half-million-restitution-keys-museum I hope that you consider contacting me directly at office@melfisher.org I will gladly give you a call at a convenient time to discuss this further.
Written February 19, 2020
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james h
Picayune, MS198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
First time here was about 15 years ago on a cruise stop and wanted to re-visit. This time, we spend more time reading the descriptions on the exhibits as the museum seems to not be as heavily visited due to cruise shutdown from the virus. Entry is by online payment only, masks are mandatory and the elevators are shut down. I failed to ask why the requirements were so strict when the rest of the state of FL has almost no restrictions.
Written May 13, 2021
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Avidtravelbug
Omaha, NE250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Boy was my initial thought about this museum WAY off-base. I was expecting another museum about boats, etc. Holy MOLY, was I wrong! This was one of the most interesting museums I have ever toured, about one man who refused to give up on an idea turned into passion ... into a fortune and a life's mission carried on and finally realized by his son! So many detours, so many dead-ends, so many stories, and ultimately a dream realized with so many treasures found, and uncovering the history surrounding the Atocha. I strongly recommend watching the video before touring the museum - some very important information shared. FINDERS KEEPERS!!
Written February 26, 2020
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Nauti5
Forest, VA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This museum was right by where we were staying and my husband had visited when he was a kid so we decided to check it out. We enjoyed the information and learning about the discoveries. My 2 teenage boys were with us and also enjoyed it. It's a pretty small place and I definitely recommend getting the audio guide - I think that made a difference for everyone. It is a little pricey, but we enjoyed it.
Written January 27, 2021
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Spring F
Fort Bragg, CA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Our family spent several hours here looking at all the cool artifacts and treasures. The story of the Fisher family is amazing and the video that plays in the entrance to the museum should not be missed. One of the highlights of our trip to Key West.
Written January 21, 2020
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Twodogsandadragon
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We were the only people there. I must emphasize that! Staff members watched us on camera and harassed us because they didn’t like how my mask was not tightly fitting my face.
The power hungry manager was rude to me in front of my children and asked us to leave without reimbursement. So, we did. It left such terrible feeling in my heart. 😔
I strongly do not recommend this place. It was almost $20/ person. 👎🏻the museum is so small, we could have finished the whole thing in under 10 min, it’s mainly pictures of people scuba diving or working to clean the calcification off ship wrack artifacts...however, their gift shop is a great size🧐 with lots of plastic souvenirs to purchase.
Written January 10, 2021
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First I have to admit I am a long term fan of Mel Fisher and have been looking forward to visiting his museum for years. I thought it was very interesting but the optional audio headsets were not necessary. The attached store Mel Fisher's Treasures might have been even more interesting as the salesmen were very friendly and seemed to enjoy talking about all the coins for sale. Overall great visit.
Written February 5, 2020
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David B
Troy, United States37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the museum first thing after we arrived in Key West. There is so much history that is compacted there that it is almost mind-boggling! To think that there is so much treasure still out in the ocean today is almost unimaginable to me! Also, to be able to see, with my eyes, some of this treasure is a wonderful experience. In the shop (downstairs) there's many nice things available for purchase. A person can go into the shop and browse without going into the museum. The entrance for the shop is on the side of the building.
Written February 13, 2020
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mamaRaury
Austin, MN98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
First, make sure you watch the movie, and get the audio guide. His family and their story is truly one of faith and dedication. If you don't already know the story of Mel Fisher, you will get a huge surprise, like me. His discovery, the hours of work to bring it up, the steps that have to be taken to ensure the pieces survive, and the fact that his sons are still searching... Take a look in the store next to the museum, you can see even more of the items collected! We enjoyed our time here.
Written March 12, 2020
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Michelle S
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
It’s interesting, but it’s no big deal. They made it a huge production to get into the place and everyone in your party had to show ID and you had to use a credit card. There’s really nothing worth buying in the gift shop and even if you wanted to, the people working there will just ignore you. You can see a bunch of real shipwreck stuff on display at the local treasure shops and even buy a real authentic coin from a shipwreck for almost the same price they were selling reproductions in the gift shop. Unless you are really into shipwrecks there are better things to spend your time doing in key west.
Written May 23, 2021
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