Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Key West

3.7
#7 of 26 in Museums in Key West
Explore maritime artifacts without getting wet, and learn how the locals made a living out of salvaging at Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Throughout history, many ships have been lost in the treacherous waters off Key West. For a while, pulling in hauls from shipwrecks was the basis of the island's economy. At this museum, an actor portraying Asa Tift, the 19th-century salvaging baron, takes you on a tour of the building, which is a reproduction of Tift's warehouse. Many of the artifacts were carried by the merchant ship Isaac Allerton that sank in 1856 and yielded the greatest-ever booty from Key West shipwrecks. You'll also see artifacts recovered from other ships. Don't forget to climb up the 20 m (65 ft) tall wreck-spotting tower. Buy tickets at discounted prices online. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Key West holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's a lot more history than treasure, but the history was quite interesting. There was a lot showing how the salvage was done, and plenty of more ordinary objects like pianos and dishes and salvage....  more »
  • We had one morning to kill in KW and went to see all the museums and tourist attractions, so we bought a ticket to the aquarium and shipwreck treasures at discount price and went inside. We were...  more »
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  • The staff was friendly and knowledgeable but it’s a tourist trap for sure. Super small for the price we paid. We were in and out in like 15 minutes. The tower climb was fun but not worth the price we paid.
  • Was interesting place with lots of things to see concerning the sea and the area. They are in a busy touristy area with gift shops,restaurants and such. Tour buses, "trains" are plentiful to give tours. They also have cruise ship docks close by.
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