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“Not sure why the reviews are so negative. I really enjoyed it.”

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
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$15.00*
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission
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$76.50*
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Day Trip to Key West from Miami
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$68.98*
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Key West Day Trip with Trolley, Train or Water Activities
Ranked #18 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a museum rich in history! We have amazing treasure in our 1622 Fleet exhibit of the Spanish galleons discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. Also thought provoking Spirits of the Passage and Key West African Cemetery exhibits to glean insights into the transatlantic slave trade and Key West's unique role in it. And don't miss our three new exhibits -- Spanish Coins in the New World, the Real Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Science of Shipwrecks. You can even take a lab tour to see how history is revealed through excavation and conservation of shipwrecks. Make plans to visit. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year!
Reviewed March 1, 2008

We went to the museum in February and were plesantly surprised. Our guidebooks and Trip Advisor were not high on this place but we found it informative and very interesting.

Yes, it is $12/adult to get in but every attraction in the Keys is expensive to get in. If you are visiting the Hemingway House as well you can buy a combo ticket and save $4 in total.

When we were there, there were exhibits on two floors and it took us a little over a hour to see it all. The first floor was dedicated to showing some of the treasures that were found from a Spanish galleon that sunk off the coast of the Keys. The second floor had treasures from other shipwrecks and an interesting exhibit on artifacts from a slave ship.

We didn't find the exhibits boring at all. The signs on the exhibit did a good job explaining about the life of the sailors on these ships and how the Spanish empire at that time worked. Besides the educational part, they had many cases displaying beautiful jewelry, silver, and other artificats that had been recovered from the shipwreck .

There is also an expensive store attached to the museum where they sell some of the treasure they have recovered. It is interesting just to browse.

I would highly recommend this museum, especially if you are interested in naval history.

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Reviewed January 13, 2008

There are a lot better ways to spend your time and money. It is simply a boring museum. Most intersting part is just imagining the thrill when after 13 years or so searching for the sunken ship that one day they find it and it is worth like 400 million. Now you don't have to go. Browse the gift shop if and buy a fake dabloon which is a good golf ball marker, but skip the price of admission.

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Reviewed November 12, 2007

I was in port on a cruise and had been to Key West before (it's one of my favourite travel destinations). We had a little extra time and happened upon this museum. If you are interested in naval history, it's really cool. There are displays of a recovered Spanish treasure as well as remnants of a slave ship. You can get through it in an hour or so and is worth the $11 admission.

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Reviewed July 4, 2007

Paid $11 per person for this museum. Although the story is compelling, the museum itself is quite small and the trip through it is very short. You can see the whole thing in under a half an hour.

Compared to the Hemingway house guided tour for the same price, this place just didn't measure up. You'd think that, having found millions and millions in sunken treasure, they could afford not to gouge on the admission price.

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Reviewed August 6, 2017
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