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. Use our Key West trip itinerary tool to visit Mel Fisher Maritime Museum on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Highly recommend visiting this museum if you like history and old treasure hunting is an interest! Very interesting history and finds. Magical that the items you see were under water for near 300 year...  more »
  • Well-told story about treasure hunt over many years which was crowned with success since the treasure was finally found. Fine exhibition with many very beautiful and interesting effects. Good plates. Not too wide-can be done in a few hours. There is also something for children (pirates etc.). Can be recommended.
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  • Small building near center area of activities. Old Spanish Galleon ship coins and treasures on display. Some items for sale. Pleasant place to spend a little time.  more »
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  • 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.
  • This was veey informative about the atrocha treasure discovery . Not to be missed. Good for all ages. Gift shop and restrooms. Air conditioned too!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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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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