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History of Diving Museum

82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-3600
+1 305-664-9737
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Interesting and worth the visit.

Fun to learn about the evolution of diving. We spent about an hour looking at the various artifacts... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Angie S
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Marengo, United States
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For scuba enthusiasts

This museum is very thorough and fun for the whole family. We all dive and have a genuine interest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bobandgwen699
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Elgin, Illinois
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The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving. We tell the international story of man's attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. We also celebrate the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story. The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution focused on the Story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea. The majority of the Museum's artifacts have been provided through the generous support of its founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, who hold one of the largest collection of historic diving equipment and research documents in the world.
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82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-3600
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fun to learn about the evolution of diving. We spent about an hour looking at the various artifacts and history. There is also a nice gift shop to explore.

Thank Angie S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is very thorough and fun for the whole family. We all dive and have a genuine interest in the subject. A place not to be missed if you are looking for something interesting to do and need a break from ocean fun.

Thank bobandgwen699
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I appreciate this lovely review! you make a good point that the Museum is a great break from the heat and sun, rather than just a rainy day activity!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The emphasis here is on hard hat diving, the diving which preceded Scuba. It also includes the methods and attempts at diving made before the hard hat came in to being. The audio visual presentation for the lighted hard hats is pretty neat. Who knew...More

Thank burntweeniesandwich
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review! It really is amazing how far diving has come in less than a century!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it! So much to look at and lots of history. Very creative display throughout the entire museum. Great little gift shop too! Staff was friendly.

Thank RhondaN4
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are so glad you enjoyed the creativity of displays! It can be tricky to relay information to visitors when you have so much to say!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and one of my teen sons are into scuba diving so we stopped by to see this museum during our vacation in the Keys. I think it has an interesting assortment of items. I am not giving it 5 stars because I think...More

Thank Anca E
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you and your family enjoyed visiting the Museum. I hope your son and husband got to enjoy diving on our reefs as well as learning about diving history this trip!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great learning experience. My husband and I spent a day together without the kids and this is one of the things we did. Enjoyed it!!

Thank Amy L M
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review! Next time you'll have to bring the kids!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We passed by the museum for a week, and then decided to stop on our last day here. We are all so glad we did! What an interesting shop and the museum is well worth the entry fee. They even have a scavenger hunt through...More

Thank Greg C
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you ended your trip with us! It's always nice to hear that everyone had an engaging and fun tome visiting the Museum. I hope all of your vacation was just as fun!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This would fall under the category of looks can be deceiving the outside is a littler underwhelming. However when you get inside it is impressive to say the least. You start off with a video (as most of these places do); the video is watched...More

Thank Victoria R
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping in with your family Victoria! It's always great to hear that even young kids enjoy the Museum as much as adults.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've driven by this place so many times while visiting the keys but never stopped in till this last vacation. We were amazed at the quality and quantity of things they had on display.

Thank Julie K
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for finally stopping by and enjoying the exhibits! It's amazing how many of our visitors say they have driven by for years and are thrilled when they "don't drive by, but dive in!"

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place interesting even though we do not dive. There are so many antique diving masks here and the history of how humans came to dive is fascinating. Plan an hour or so here.

Thank Michele c
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Emily K, Public Relations Manager at History of Diving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you "dove in" even though you are not divers! It really goes to show that everyone can appreciate how diving effects all of our daily lives.

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