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“A thoughtful exhibition”

History of Diving Museum
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Islamorada
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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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Renton, Washington, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A thoughtful exhibition”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Found this museum to have many unique exhibits and artifacts.
They have a show and collection of dive helmets which is very well done and a lot of gear that will amaze you that any person could actully use it, and live. They have dive helmets going back to the start of diving. The most intersting exhibit was the movie and discussion of the treasue chest. They really existed, and were very complex. and beautiful. Enjoy the A.C. and take the time to study and ponder the exhibits.

Visited September 2012
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Laurel, Maryland
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“Better Than Expected”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We had not expected a museum to be so complete and also varried when it was just about diving. We obviousely learned so much while going through since diving goes way back historically and they had artifacts to show us. We saw the progression of diving from simple free diving to today's deep sea vehicles. In addition to things to look at, there were opportunities to touch objects, a nice plus in a museum. They had no problem with our taking pictures, so we have a couple of poses with diving robots to take home. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's just loaded with neat stuff on the inside.

Visited August 2012
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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Informative & Great Fun!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is an extraordinalry museum that can ignite and keep the interest of just about anyone. We discovered this museum on a rainy day as we were looking for an indoor activity. We went in and spent several fascinating hours taking in the tremendous wealth of information, viewing the amazing displays of nautical artifacts and diving equipment. Ever since then, we have visited the place every time we go down to the keys as it is one of our favorite sites to visit.This is one of the highlights of our trip to the keys each time we visit the area.
Please note that one does not have to be a diving enthusiast to enjoy this museum.

Visited October 2012
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Durham, NC
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“A nice stop on a long drive”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

My husband and I are divers. So I thought this would be a fun little stop on our drive down Rt. 1. It is a small museum. It took us about 30 minutes, maybe less to go through. There was lots of great diving gear and interesting exhibits. I don't think this is a stop that everyone will enjoy. But we enjoyed ourselves and it was a nice break from the driving.

Visited September 2012
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Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Interesting stop to stretch your legs.”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We did not go through the museum, we just shopped in the gift shop. Cute items, photo ops, and decent prices. I was able to find a wind-up toy, i collect them.

Visited September 2012
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