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“Results of courage & determination”

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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$68.99*
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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 October 6, 2013

This museum is a tribute to Mel Fisher who had the determination to follow his dream. The artifacts found and the history of all the setbacks this group had before getting to the treasures are so interesting. There is also a fairly large collection of coins and jewelry pieces for sale. Pricey, but if you want to own one of a kind, this is the place to buy it.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

A little pricy, with several add on costs which we didn't do, but irritated me a bit after the initial cost to get in. But , once in , and adequate time allowed to read about each exhibit , it was really interesting. Amazed the ship left a trail 8 or 9 miles long of various treasure, and more amazed they are still bringing stuff up...... Which you can join in on for a mere $12,500 dollars for a quarter share.
Is a good display to see between bar hops

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

There are two small cannon and two large anchors at the entrance to this museum. The first floor is filled with artifacts taken from shipwrecked Spanish vessels dating back to the 18th century. There are gold and silver items as well as cannon, surgical instruments, and eating utensils. It's a real tribute to Mel Fisher who relocated from the Midwest to Key West in order to become a treasure hunter. I had seen a documentary about him prior to visiting the museum which made it all the more interesting. The scumbag state of Florida and the sorry federal government tried to shaft him out of what was rightfully his. No doubt, any of the coastal states would have done the same thing as Florida which make them scumbags as well. However, he persevered and took the issue through the courts and wound up getting to keep the fortune which he had worked so hard for. The second floor of the museum is filled with more artifacts from a slave ship that sank off the coast. Part of the second floor covers alchemy and the Harry Potter stories. There is an extensive jewelry store and gift shop located on the first floor.

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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.

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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.

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