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Fun little place

Enjoyed stopping in. Learned some history of underwater diving & how it evolved. Good place to... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2018
Nicole S
Penasco, New Mexico
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Enjoyable visit

Hubby and I enjoyed the artifacts and history and it was fun too see actual submarines. Teenager... read more

Reviewed March 30, 2018
Lakeland, Florida
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This museum offers exhibits on the history of diving.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City, FL 32413-6038
+1 850-238-8760
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All reviews on display neat place underwater diving a small gift shop modern technology self guided tour rainy day artifacts navy history equipment information buffs rigs sweeper submarine lab
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I arrived on a Saturday, to discover that the museum is still trying to recover from damage caused by hurricane Michael. The exhibits outside, however, still had some plaques in place. The items, including the original Sealab, still made this visit worthwhile. Call ahead to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We checked hours of operation online. We went on a Tuesday. We looked at all of the outside displays which were interesting. Sign said they opened at 10. We were there until 10:30 and they had still not opened. Tried calling and answering machine said...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brandy H
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed stopping in. Learned some history of underwater diving & how it evolved. Good place to kill some time & learn things. Friendly staff.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Nicole S
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I enjoyed the artifacts and history and it was fun too see actual submarines. Teenager was not as impressed and was abhorred tjat sje didnt get a signal in the building. Closed for needed remodeling April 1 to the 10th I think.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank 867heathere
Reviewed March 3, 2018

We stopped in to check out the outside exhibits when the place was closed and went back a couple days later when it was open, and glad we did! The exhibits inside were very informative and cover the history of diving with plenty of example...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank WilsonP
Reviewed January 31, 2018

The museum is dedicated to the experience and display of many remarkable diving rigs and deep dive systems used by the U.S. Navy and other entities as well. The refurbishment of the SEALAB 1 habitat is open for viewing and understanding of how men lived...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Leland L
Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

We visited threes museum while on vacation. What a neat place. The teenagers even thought is was cool because they could touch things and try things out. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable. Great place!

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Sharon S
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

We went with our daughter that lives in PCB. She works at the Experimental Dive Unit at the Navy base so it was on our bucket list. It’s dated but considering it’s a nonprofit I could see funding can be an issue for a venue...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Aron C
Reviewed October 20, 2017

Found this museum by accident. I was driving through Panama City and saw the Sealab Sub and I had to stop. The Man in the Sea Museum is very small but very enjoyable. Plan on spending about 2hrs there only cause of all the things...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Ivette N
Reviewed October 9, 2017

We had visited once a few years ago. It is now much better organized and labeled. They have also refurbished SeaLab I that is outside. It was a rusting hulk when we visited before. Now it has been restored and there is a guided tour...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Tracy W
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Lisa J
June 28, 2017|
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Response from Nasagrl1326 | Reviewed this property |
I read fast. But I did stop to take pictures. A lot of pictures, so give yourself at least 2 hours to enjoy the museum.
Samantha M
May 10, 2017|
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Response from m0mits | Property representative |
All underwater submersibles at the museum are inoperable. You may climb inside and look around in some of them, but unfortunately, they are not in water for you to take a ride. The museum is home to the United State's first... More
Mary R
March 11, 2015|
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$5 for adults
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Museum of Man in the Sea (9 Replies)
Has anybody gone to this? Is it any good? Can't find a specific website for it, just review sites that don't say much. Found 2 addresses: 17314 Back Beach Rd. and 17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy. Is this the same road? Once upon a time I thought I saw a picture of an underwater glass tunnel from which you could view the marine life. I'm certain it was a PCB website, but I can't find it now. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
August 01, 2006|
Response fromlilbunnygirl|
Yes, Back Beach & PCB Parkway are the same road, also referred to as highway 98. The Muesum of Man in the Sea...I haven't been there but it looks pretty old and not exciting. There's rumors that they plan to move it, revamp it and make it into something worth visiting but at this time? I don't think so. And I don't know anything about the glass tunnel aquarium, the only one of those I have been in was in New Orleans! Maybe it's at Gulf World? We're going sometime soon, Sean gave me...More