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“Getting Gold Fevor”

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
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$15.00*
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission
Ranked #37 of 187 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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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 September 29, 2013

The wonderful artifacts here are spectacular. They are a window into the past. The lure of wealth by the new world caused many treasure loaded ships to perish in the uncertain Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to Mel Fisher we have a great example of one of these ships. Loaded, perhaps over loaded with treasure. To Kim and Joe, thanks for the tour.

Thank krpcentury
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

It has been over 15 years since I last visited the Mel Fisher Museum. They used to have on display some really beautiful emerald necklaces and one in particular was a large necklace with a giant emerald pendant. None of the cool things they used to have are no longer there. You mostly see iron pieces like the anchor, knives, muskets, cannon balls etc. Not much in the way of jewelry. They used to have bricks of silver that was stacked against all the walls. They was way more gold and precious stones 15 years ago. I suppose when Mel Fisher died the remaining family must of taken those things away. My husband enjoyed it anyway.

2  Thank cles32
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I make it a point to visit this museum EVERY TIME I come to Key West. I love the history and exhibits on display. If you've never seen the movie Dreams of Gold, rent it! Tells you about how this museum came to be. My favorite thing... the emerald cross pendant. Ah... so gorgeous! Also to hold a gold bar from the 1600's is awesome! I love the history of trading ships they have here and the gift shop is awesome too! :) Can't wait to go back.

Thank juliet316
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Wasn't really sure what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the museum. We were in Key West on a cruise, so we only had one day in port. There is a lot of material to read, so we didn't have a chance to read all of displays as we had a limited time.

Mel Fisher is famous for his discovery of various shipwrecks worth millions of dollars. The stories are fascinating and tragic all at the same time. After your visit, if you REALLY loved the story, you can by some of the jewels yourself! There was an emerald for $340,000!

Seriously, if you have the time, stop by!

1  Thank Jaime T
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Pricey but interesting. My husband is a history buff and really enjoyed this museum.. Would love to be able to afford some of the coins in the gift shop.

Thank Elaine S
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