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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

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Address: 200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040-6516
Phone Number: +1 305-294-2633
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We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a...

We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a museum rich in history! We have amazing treasure in our 1622 Fleet exhibit of the Spanish galleons discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. Also thought provoking Spirits of the Passage and Key West African Cemetery exhibits to glean insights into the transatlantic slave trade and Key West's unique role in it. And don't miss our three new exhibits -- Spanish Coins in the New World, the Real Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Science of Shipwrecks. You can even take a lab tour to see how history is revealed through excavation and conservation of shipwrecks. Make plans to visit. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year!

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US$15.00*
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Admission
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US$76.48*
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US$19.95*
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If you need a history fix, then this is probably one of your top spots in Key West. Mel Fisher was a treasure hunter whose goal was to find the treasure of the Atocha, a Spanish... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Williamston, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you need a history fix, then this is probably one of your top spots in Key West. Mel Fisher was a treasure hunter whose goal was to find the treasure of the Atocha, a Spanish galleon. It took him years and also cost the lives of a couple of family members, but he never gave up and eventually was... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is a good place to visit, but offers very few treasure items of note to view. The information and photographs provided were interesting, but an admission charge of more than $10 is taking advantage of tourists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A visit to this museum is well worth the time and the cost. They have extensive exhibits on two floors. Anyone interested in sunken ships or the early slave trade should plan a visit.

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Share the voyages of Mell and his family's search through the years for sunken treasure. July 20, 1985 was "the day" at last when Mel Fisher, the world's greatest treasure hunter, found his dream of dreams, the priceless treasure cargo of the fabled lost Spanish galleon Atocha.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history and story is very charming. Mel fisher sacrificed a lot but paid off handsomely. Enjoyed the historical recount and artifacts.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expecting only the story of Mel Fisher's hunt for treasure, I was rewarded with exhibits on Key West history and maritime history. This is a must-see in Key West. And, yes, I did get to see some of the materials salvaged from the 1622 Spanish fleet. A great visit.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have followed the Mel Fisher story since 1985 and have visited the museum twice and I still am in awe.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this museum and decided to spend some time visiting. Even if you have little experience with diving or know nothing about Mel Fisher, you will enjoy the exhibits. Very creatively curated and lots to keep the interest of those who "read every plaque" or those who "skim read and move on." The exhibits cover much more than just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a diver, this is a dream. He devoted and sacrificed a lot to achieve a boyhood goal. Nice place to go to learn about his adventure.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From what locals were saying it sounded like there would be more bling and ability to hold a gold bar somehow without stealing it. It still was really neat to read about all the treasures under the sea!

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