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“What a waste of money!”

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
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$15.03*
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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
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$64.00*
and up
Day Excursion to Key West From Miami
Ranked #36 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: Discover the rich history of Key West’s shipwrecking past at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Shipwreck artifacts, including a silver bar you can hold, fill the museum that is recreation of 19th century wrecker’s warehouse. A lookout tower and audio-visual displays share with guests the experiences of the dangerous world of ship wreckers. Storytellers, in period costume, bring history to life with tales ensuring a fun and fascinating experience for the entire family.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 29, 2007

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).

Stay away!!!

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Reviewed October 26, 2006

It's a nice place to visit. The actors were entertaining as you are portrayed as new crewmen for the ships owner. The museum is filled with items taken from a salvage of the Allerton, a ship that went down in the Keys. Take the trip to the lookout tower if you dare. 65 feet to the top...

1  Thank Taz1260
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Reviewed April 4, 2006

Not meant for kids!

There are no hands on activities once inside. There are artifacts, but not certain there is enough to cover more than half an hour. There is a poor laser exhibit where a pirates face is beamed onto a figure and he tries to talk to you about shipwrecks. The audio was horrible. The highlight was walking to top of observation tower and viewing key west from this vantage point. Hardly worth money spent for attraction. Don't let the actors lure you in!

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