McLarty Treasure Museum
McLarty Treasure Museum
4.5
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

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  • ge0strick
    The Villages, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got More Involved Here Than I Planned!
    You always hope to learn something from these small roadside museums, and this one did not disappoint. Interesting to learn that there is still much more treasure to be found just off the coast from a series of wrecks 300 years ago. Fun to learn about the movement of treasures between South America and Europe and how Florida kept getting in the way. Good mix of artifacts, movies and models to keep you interested for an hour or two.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Sheri Z
    Swansea, Illinois39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    Small but very impressive 👏 Staff was very knowledgeable & can tell they enjoy what they are doing. Very informative & the film that showed(approximately 45 mins) explained the history of how & why the ship wrecks occurred. Corey was very interesting and loves his devotion to the museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 31, 2024
  • Karen C
    Winter Haven, Florida219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure Coast Gem
    My husband and I drove 2 hours to visit this museum and we were not disappointed. Once there, we learned about the ill-fated voyage of the fleet of 11 Spanish ships in 1715. The ships had a multitude of riches aboard, which included tons of silver and gold. They were headed back to Spain when they encountered a hurricane. All 11 ships sank close to the shore. The museum is located on part of the former site of the survivors and salvager’s camp. When we first arrived we were asked to watch a video about the 1715 fleet’s voyage. The documentary was very informative, but a little long, especially after sitting in the car for 2 hours. The artifacts in the museum were awesome and we especially like the outside observation deck, where you can see the Atlantic Ocean and where the ships met their demise. You can pose for a picture next to a ship steering wheel and under the pirate flag! The museum is a great place to visit and learn about the past and present search for the recovered riches.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • RETLCD
    St. Augustine, Florida22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intriguing history and backstory as well as survival
    Interesting place, lots of historic content that I was unaware of. I am a tour guide in St Augustine and was intrigued by the connections and the overall history of the causes and effects of the sunken fleet. At $2 entry donation, it’s well worth your time.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • LenEvanston
    Naperville, Illinois659 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem!!!
    It's a great place to learn about the history of the " Treasure Coast". The artifacts are amazing. The movie is very informative. The outside walkway to view the beach is breathtaking. Allow at least an hour for your visit. Admission is $2.00. Parking is available.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 23, 2024
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Helen S
127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The museum is located where at least one of the eleven ships from the Spanish Fleet, in 1715, sank in a hurricane. Around 1500 men, women and children survived and set up camp where the museum is located. Inside, there are exhibits of silver, shards of pottery replicas of gold coins, cuttery ,etc. that have been recovered from the shipwrecks. It isn't a large museum, but is interesting. Unfortunately, we arrived late and weren't able to see the film about the shipwrecks. There is a boardwalk outside, with information about the native plants in the area and a lookout toward the ocean, where the ship went down. Worth seeing, but they close at 4:00 and there is a 45 minute film, so come early enough to see the film and the exhibits.
Written April 27, 2023
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Kristy M
Winter Haven, FL133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Visited the McLarty Treasure Museum in the Sebastian Inlet State Park today. Well worth the time.

We were very fortunate to visit when the reefs are visible from the shore during low tide. It only happens infrequently, relative to the phases of the moon.

There’s a great movie about the history of the area, the millions of $$ worth of treasure that have already been found, many cool artifacts, plus the people who staff this museum are the most interesting we’ve encountered yet! Really knowledgeable and fun. Hidden gem, for sure.

The treasures that are yet to be found are calling my name. And now I need a metal detector and and a scuba suit.
Written August 21, 2021
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MJ C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Corey...or Turtle as his friends call him is passionate about the museum's history. He isn't shy about sharing everything he knows about the people and the history. From the accumulation of the treasures lost on the sunken ships to the people who came later in search of the sunken treasures...ask Turtle anything and he knows the answer. The artifacts and the movie were worth the time investment of time.
Written January 28, 2023
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aljora
Vero Beach, FL146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A whole lot lot history is packed into this small museum, and Corey (our Docent for the morning) was most helpful in sharing with us the history of Florida's Treasure Coast, The 1715 Hurricane and the five Spanish ships loaded with treasure that were to be brought back to Spain as a dowry for a bride. that crashed upon the area of The Sebastian Inlet, to Vero Beach, to Fort Pierce.
He explained in detail, the trade routes established during the 17th century throughout the 18th century, among The Far East, The Americas, and Europe.
Written February 12, 2023
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Karen C
Winter Haven, FL219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My husband and I drove 2 hours to visit this museum and we were not disappointed. Once there, we learned about the ill-fated voyage of the fleet of 11 Spanish ships in 1715. The ships had a multitude of riches aboard, which included tons of silver and gold. They were headed back to Spain when they encountered a hurricane. All 11 ships sank close to the shore. The museum is located on part of the former site of the survivors and salvager’s camp. When we first arrived we were asked to watch a video about the 1715 fleet’s voyage. The documentary was very informative, but a little long, especially after sitting in the car for 2 hours. The artifacts in the museum were awesome and we especially like the outside observation deck, where you can see the Atlantic Ocean and where the ships met their demise. You can pose for a picture next to a ship steering wheel and under the pirate flag! The museum is a great place to visit and learn about the past and present search for the recovered riches.
Written February 11, 2024
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC6,768 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The museum was interesting in hearing the story about the shipwreck and the background. I would recommend watching the film before looking at the exhibits. The film was very interesting but a little too long, it could be edited to make it shorter. There are some exhibits but not very much to see. The entrance is $2. The observation deck has nice views onto the beach.
Written April 11, 2023
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Mario L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
So we drove an hour on December 3, 2023 at 1:00 to visit the McLarty Museum and we arrived at a closed gate with no explanation. We called and we got an answering machine! Could you update your website when you are closed to not mislead us!
Written December 3, 2023
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ge0strick
The Villages, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
You always hope to learn something from these small roadside museums, and this one did not disappoint. Interesting to learn that there is still much more treasure to be found just off the coast from a series of wrecks 300 years ago. Fun to learn about the movement of treasures between South America and Europe and how Florida kept getting in the way. Good mix of artifacts, movies and models to keep you interested for an hour or two.
Written December 19, 2023
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Sheri Z
Swansea, IL39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Small but very impressive 👏 Staff was very knowledgeable & can tell they enjoy what they are doing. Very informative & the film that showed(approximately 45 mins) explained the history of how & why the ship wrecks occurred. Corey was very interesting and loves his devotion to the museum.
Written January 31, 2024
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marty146
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
A great spot to visit and learn about what made this the gold coast. good video to lay the broad background. Would love to see more of the treasure that was recovered, a better timeline and story in the museum for Kip Wagner and the real eight folks. And something to keep kids engaged, maybe virtual reality of the difficult dive conditions these guys braved.Really enjoyed talking with Cory. His enthusiasm is infectious.
Written February 28, 2021
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