Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, Key West

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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 was a hunter of treasures laying at the bottom of the oceans as a result of ship wrecks. This museum not only displays the articles recovered from the floor of the ocean including gold and ...  more »
  • Stopped by on the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area and it was amazing to learn the history of a man who would not give up on his dream...some neat artifacts and a great history lesson ...  more »
  • Well organised displays trace the life of Mel Fisher and his final success in raising treasure from a seventeenth century Spanish ship wrecked off the Florida coast. Excellently curated information on...  more »
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  • Got to learn allot at this place and see some amazing artifacts. It even kept my 17 year old nephew entertained. They also have a locals discount witch was nice & a neat gift shop as well.
  • Interesting place. Growing up near there lead ne to write a term paper on the discovery when I was in High School. I have been in search of lost treasure since. Neat being able to see it all and meeting one the wreck divers.
  • If you want to see some real treasure that spent time at the bottom of the ocean this is the place to go. You can even buy some next door if you have some real deep pockets. Loved seeing all the stuff. Price of admission is fair imo for a Key West attraction and what you get to see.
  • Pricey $15 per person. A great story about grit & determination by Mel Fisher. $10 would be a fair price.
  • Very interesting museum. Countless number of treasures from shipwrecks discovered by Mel Fisher. I knew Mel a little bit, quite the character. He owes me for something, it's a funny story, but he owes me...

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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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