See 17th century artifacts acquired from wrecks of galleons, slave ships, and plundered pirate vessels at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. Among a plethora of rescued pieces, you'll find gold and silver items, navigational instruments, iron shackles that were used to punish sailors, elephant teeth, cannons, olive jars, Aztec ceramics, old coins, and even seeds and insects. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation lab and learn how 150-200 artifacts per year are cleaned, stabilized against deterioration, and preserved upon excavation. The gift shop showcases and sells recreated and authentic shipwreck treasures. Use our Key West trip itinerary tool to visit Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Reviews
It's been years since my wife and I have been back to this museum and it still wows us. The amount of silver and jewels that were recovered is amazing, and now there are more than just the one ship... more »
Who hasn't heard of Mel Fisher?! Gold, gold & more gold is the word in this awesome museum! If your fancy to buy some then indulge in the most famous gold (or silver) from the Atocha shipwreck that... more »
Interesting displays document the long search for the Atocha, sunk by a hurricane in 1622. Includes many artifacts salvaged from the ship. Good background about the recovery efforts as well. Well worth the time.
I read "Search for the Atocha" when I was a child and have always been excited about Mel Fisher's treasure hunting. So being able to visit the museum was a cool opportunity. Our kids enjoyed the visit. There are a a lot of nice artifacts on display and informative exhibits. The audio tour feature is interesting and informative as well. The staff at the museum were friendly, and the price for admission seemed fair to us.
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