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“Not impressed with Grandma's attic”

History of Diving Museum
Ranked #3 of 62 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed May 29, 2009

While this Ma and Pa museum has alot of old diving equipment it is hardly a professional museum in content and interpretation. Misspelled words in the narratives and dirty, dirty, dirty! Clean the bugs off the floor and wipe the fingerprints off the displays already.

Someone needs to introduce a broom into the collection. Many dive shops in the Keys offer vintage equipment displays and are cleaner...hmmm.

1  Thank theseventhson
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

I am not a diver but I love museums, antiques, history and technology. This museum was great! The timeline of diving was very interesting and includes 4000 years of diving.

I consider the artifacts in this museum as works of art. As an antique and technology lover I really enjoyed all the old brass artifacts. The diving helmets and old air pumping systems are things of beauty and technological marvels. I also loved the "stuff" from the 50's and 60's.

Excellent museum for children. I plan to revisit when I return to the Keys!


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Reviewed December 30, 2008

WOW! An experience I'll never forget. I never realized how much history there was in the sport of diving. This museum explains it all in great detail. Certainly fun for almost anyone. I like the hands on pumps, hard to belive they once used them for their primary source of oxygen. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. Ms. Illes who shared her wealth of knowledge and personally toured us through the museum with much zeal was more than accommodating. Thanks for the great experience! I will recommend the museum to anyone.

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Reviewed November 14, 2008

You don't have to be a diver to enjoy this small, very personal museum. It's a wonderful blend of technologically sophisticated displays that are at the same time delightfully kitschy--feels like something your favorite uncle and aunt would have created after a lifetime of collecting. It's an elaborate collection of incredible stuff and information about diving in the sea, good for anyone who scuba dives or has ever been curious about how humans came to explore the seas. The exhibits are very well written, interesting, and designed in a way to appeal to all ages. The collection of diving helmets is both lovely and amazing. The personal tributes to the world's top undersea explorers are touching and bring a human face to the story. A nice little gift shop, too, and really nice people running it. We easily filled an hour and a half there. Watch the charming movie about the museum's creation at the start, too.

1  Thank loriPBerkeley
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Reviewed October 28, 2008

Fun, informative and casual.

You're free to take photos inside the museum. It's a great time for any age. The staff was very nice and helpful. It's definitely worth a stop.

I really loved the exhibit with helmets from around the world.

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