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“Aaarrrr ... a pirate's life ..”

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
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Ranked #37 of 189 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 9, 2015

Nice, helpful staff. Great displays of Mel & family's lives, the search and discovery, their later years. And the TREASURE, TREASURE, TREASURE! Wonderful speculation as to the history of the artifacts. We did the $2 audio addition, not sure it provided much more than the written naratives on display. The Spouse had read up on the expedition, but I found the displays very thorough, for one with no prior exposure to the expedition. THEN, off to the upper level for exhibits of pirate life, the slavery story and more early history and artifacts of early Keys days. This museum is why Key West is SO much more than partying ...

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Reviewed March 7, 2015

A super place for young and old. Historic, beautful and amazing finds. A must see place everytime we Visit Key West. Gorgeous and expensive ( of course) coins, jewelry, etc. in the gift shop....but window shopping is fun & we can all dream !!

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Reviewed March 6, 2015

This museum highlights the treasures found by Mel Fisher when he located the 1622 ship The Atocha. There are some incredible things to see in this museum that were found aboard that ship--everything from pottery, scissors and tools, to jewels, jewelry and more. The one thing I disliked about this museum is that you have to pay additional money for an audio tour of the museum. In other words, the money they charge you to get in (which was fairly pricey) doesn't include access to the auditory part of the tour. I think my nine-year-old daughter would have been more interested if this were included in the tour. This is good for kids, but they will lose patience as there is a lot to read at each case in order to understand what it is and its historical importance.

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Reviewed March 3, 2015

We enjoyed touring the museum and seeing the amazing treasures that have been salvaged from the wreck of the "Atocha", as well as other sunken vessels. We were amazed at the amount of gold, sliver and jewels that were being carried aboard the ship. It was wonderful to be able to see such historical artifacts. We also stopped in the jewelry store which is attached to the museum. Some of the actual treasure pieces, as well as reproductions, are for sale there. We talked with one of the employees and he had some interesting stories to share about the salvage operation.

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Reviewed March 1, 2015

Loved learning about Mel Fisher and pursuing the treasure. Have been to the museum twice and in February 2015 I went to an outdoor presentation they did on a Tuesday night about the slave ship Henrietta Marie - great presentation. Museum is well worth the stop.

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