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Museum of Man in the Sea

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Address: 17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City, FL 32413-6038
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+1 850-235-4101
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This museum offers exhibits on the history of diving.

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This museum looks a little shabby when you drive by, because there are all kinds of metal structures in the parking lot that are exposed to the elements, but it is a serious and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Boone, North Carolina
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Boone, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum looks a little shabby when you drive by, because there are all kinds of metal structures in the parking lot that are exposed to the elements, but it is a serious and unique collection focusing on the history of undersea diving. We stopped to find out what a giant spider-like structure was (answer--a mine sweeper), and then were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really loved this museum. Depending on your interest you could spend 45 minutes here or hours. There are a lot of historical items in the inside part of the museum that deal with the history of diving from ancient times to the present. Who thought people needed to improve diving in order to retrieve gold and other valuable items... More 

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

We decided to try this place just because of the unique topic. Outside are a number of diving machines and labs, inside is a real neat history of man below the sea. They have the SeaLab and a repro of SeaLabIII. The dioramas are well done and give a nice visual of the story they are telling. A couple of... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

A neat place, but definitely a niche experience if you are into diving and scientific research underwater. They have a lot of artifacts and some interesting stories can be found. Overall, the space is not set up or presented well. Part of it seems to be a work in progress. Would like to see it better organized and more "focused".

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Dothan, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We traveled from Dothan just to see this attraction. It was well worth the trip. If you have any interest at all in the topic of diving, especially government-sponsored deep-sea exploration and research, you should not miss the Museum of M in the S. There are displays and artifacts dealing with the earliest days of deep-sea exploration, up to modern... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Drove by this museum on the way to taking my kids to swim practice while on vacation, and chose to stop in to see all the historical relics on display. VERY interesting historical pieces out on the property. I did not have time to go in and visit.

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St.Louis region
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

The nearby naval station apparently specializes in deep sea work, hence the presence of this museum. I must, we drove past it 5+ times during our vacation before stopping. If you enjoy unique military and deeps-sea machinery, then you MUST SEE this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is small museum, but we found it very interesting. It is also very reasonable. $5 for adults, and kids 6 and under are free. So for $30 our party of 8 was able to walk around the museum. The woman working at the museum was also very friendly and knowledgeable. My kids had fun looking at the old dive... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The museum is small but has an amazing assortment of historic diving gear and submersibles that is probably unrivaled. They could probably use some volunteer help to get better organized but where else can you try on a brass diving helmet or climb inside a submarine? $5 for adults. A quick side trip well worth the stop.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

This place was really small and a bit shabby. It also smelled really weird. It did have a couple interesting things to see, but we went through and saw everything in about 15 minutes. There was lots of different sea equipment, a large fish tank and a small sub you could climb into. There were also small displays with barbies... More 

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