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History of Diving Museum

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Address: 82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-3600
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+1 305-664-9737
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and...

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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Wonderful little museum to spend a rainy or sunny day at. Amazing collection of diving head gear and collection from all around the world. Makes you really appreciate modern... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Latham, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful little museum to spend a rainy or sunny day at. Amazing collection of diving head gear and collection from all around the world. Makes you really appreciate modern scuba diving advances.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An amazing experience. The museum was fascinating and very educational going into great depth of the history of diving from early times, 3000 BC to the current day. Beautifully laid out with lots of artifacts and interactive displays. Nice gift shop. Good for children and adults.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband was a Navy diver so we really enjoyed this museum. The largest collection of hard helmets and diving gear, to be found in the US. There is also a small gift shop. They show movies and have other presentations for all to enjoy. Very informative history of early diving methods and equipment can be found.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Divers will love the history here, and the artifacts are outstanding. The layout is maze-like, but they are getting the most out of a small space. Overall a good experience that I would do again with diving friends.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome place to see all of the different diving helmets and suits and how diving got started. This is very informative. This is a for sure stop too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the evolution of undersea diving, you must visit this museum. The timeline is great and seeing all the old gear is terrific.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in since my son is a scuba diver and were pleasantly surprised how interesting the exhibits in this museum were. Makes you thoughtful about the people who risked life and limb to explore the oceans. Exhibits had concise and fact filled explanations posted nearby. Was particularly impressed by the exhibit on the various military branches that work in... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place lets you experience a feel of for diving and its history from the equipment used and the pioneers of diving

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this museum. Excellent well thought out educational displays. It was great to actually be able to touch and pick up a silver bullion from the wreck of the Atocha. Great friendly staff!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the stop! So many interesting and unique items! A lot of hands-on opportunities, which always seems to make museums more fun! Went 4 and 7 year olds, who got to do a museum scavenger hunt (super fun! ) I think the adults had just as much fun as the kids did with the scavenger hunt! We learned a ton... More 

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