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“Fun Little Side Stop”

History of Diving Museum
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving. We tell the international story of man's attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. We also celebrate the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story. The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution focused on the Story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea. The majority of the Museum's artifacts have been provided through the generous support of its founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, who hold one of the largest collection of historic diving equipment and research documents in the world.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fun Little Side Stop”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Interesting little museum that covers the history of diving from prehistoric times (hold your breath) until today. Admission is a little steep, at $12 for adults, but you can't accuse the place of not being thorough. Very cool old diving suits, and an almost fetishistic love of international diving helmets. Lots of opportunities for pictures of yourself (and your loved ones and kids) in helmets, underwater, and next to weird paraphernalia.

Visited February 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Do Not Miss This”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

This museum is great. Very thorough and brought in a fun and informative way. Feel like Cpt Nemo as you navigate this treasure. Great gift shop as well.

Visited February 2012
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daytona beach
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“Very interesting. Lots of equipment to see. Lots to read.”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

The museum is well set-up, and very easy to walk through. Read as little to as much as you want. Awesome collection of world-wide diving equipment. The painting on the outside wall is just as wonderful as the inside.

Visited February 2012
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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Remarkable deep sea diving gear”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

Incredible diving suit and old helmet collection. Truly fascinating to see what old dive suit diving was like. Great attraction.

Visited February 2012
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New York, NY
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“Unforgettable, Amazingly Curated, really fantastic roadside stop”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

The title says it all, really. The museum toes the line between kitsch and science quite well and has enough interactive exhibits to keep adults and children entertained! I learned a lot and have been diving for a decade, while my wife loved it too and has never used Scuba Gear. Highly recommended stop on the highway!

Visited February 2012
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