Mel Fisher Maritime 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 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. Plan your Mel Fisher Maritime Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Key West using our Key West vacation generator.
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  • August 11, 2017
    As with many famous & public figures - the story is not always glamorous. 16 years of heartbreak, financial-ruin, environmental issues, legal challenges, death of a son and daughter in-law and sharks ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    this guy found some really cool stuff his family spent many years looking for treasures, worth the visit,  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is a very interesting place full of original pictures of Mr Fisher and all his Family , the treasure is amazing the things that they found and the stuggles to keep what they found. A good place f...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    It's a small museum, but the story along with the artifacts made it an interesting experience. If you enjoy history, stories of pirate's then make it a point to stop and see.
  • July 4, 2017
    This was veey informative about the atrocha treasure discovery . Not to be missed. Good for all ages. Gift shop and restrooms. Air conditioned too!
  • June 20, 2017
    Great displays of artifacts and how they are preserved. When we were there, had a side exhibit of landscape photos of Cuba. If you saw the movie, you have to go.
  • April 19, 2017
    Enjoyed the entire experience! From the film to all of the artifacts and the gift shop , and descriptive placards.We never made it upstairs bc my feet ached from too much sightseeing. Wish we had more time or purchased the $2 headsets.feet exhibits
  • June 4, 2017
    Great exhibit on the funding of the wreckage of the Atocha - fascinating artifacts. Great secondary exhibit of photographs of Cuba upstairs by photog Clyde Butcher. Fun for kids!

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