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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

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Address: 200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040-6516
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+1 305-294-2633
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We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a...

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!

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USD 15.00*
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission
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USD 76.48*
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Day Trip to Key West from Miami
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USD 19.95*
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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour

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Great place to find pirates treasures

We had a special tour explaining how they were established and how they conserve their underwater finds. Mel Fisher went wrecking to preserve history not to make money. It's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a special tour explaining how they were established and how they conserve their underwater finds. Mel Fisher went wrecking to preserve history not to make money. It's a great story and worth seeing.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum rivals the quality of any large publically funded institution. From the authenticate and unique collection to well presented information on the objects, their history and context, as well as, their discovery and preservation this museum is entertaining, informative and intriguing.

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Chapel Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in for a look at the Atocha treasure and were not disappointed. They have a bunch of it on display and they tell the story of how Mel and his family searched for years to find it. They also tell you about all the hardships and the loss of life that went into the eventual finding of the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a real museum, with lots of history and very well presented. Has amazing original pieces and it is very well presented. I am not fan of touristic museums, so I was a little concern if this one was going to be a tourist trap. But certainly left my heart filled with joy and my mind with knowledge from... More 

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good displays of the Spanish fleets sailing and wrecking in the Key West waters. Explains why the Atosha salvage was worth $500,000,000. Also nice displays regarding ships used in he slave trade (sad). Worth the price and one of the best things we saw in Key West!

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Ndola, Central, Zambia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is certainly worth a visit even though the entry fee is $15.00 you have a hard time spending more than an hour or so there. Not incredible by any stretch.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here when we got off the cruise ship. It is quite interesting as I am very keen on maritime events but my wife was not really bothered by it.

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Columbus, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mel Fisher is an iconic figure in Key West. No one has done more in the salvage business. The museum is fairly interesting, but only for a few minutes. Items are poorly displayed (small print), not a whole lot to see.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this museum. It was very interesting and unique. I would say that younger children aren't really engaged. Nothing negative about the museum just not made for the little ones I would say preteens and adults would benefit from a visit here.

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Chaumont, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot of history here that you may not be aware of. The treasures are amazing and the work that was put into finding these wrecks. Well worth going here

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