We visited the Shipwreck Historeum as part of an afternoon stopover in Key West on a seven-day cruise.
My husband was in charge of planning Key West activities, and thus had not done much research on attractions. What a mistake! This place looked good on the outside, but was a total waste of money. We are both embarrassed that we spent the cash we did on this place. I'm particularly embarrassed that it looked like something the kids would enjoy, but it wasn't -- they were bored and didn't understand a thing and just wanted to get out.
What is this place? It looks like someone got hold of a few items from a shipwreck and decided to try to create an entire "attraction" from that small collection. It starts out with some "acting" from actors playing folks who salvage shipwrecks -- just some brief and not -very-well-done background.
Then you go inside the "historeum" and a man playing the role of one of these shipwreck salvagers talks for about five minutes -- again, nothing very insightful. There are a couple of glass cases with broken china and some old shoe soles. Unbelievable.
They you get the "opportunity" to climb up an observation tower.
It was over very quickly and really an embarrassing waste of money. No one in our party of six enjoyed it or got anything out of it (and I studied history in college and tend to love historical attractions).
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