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Key West Shipwreck Museum, Key West

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Explore maritime artifacts without getting wet, and learn how the locals made a living out of salvaging at Key West Shipwreck Museum. Throughout history, many ships have been lost in the treacherous waters off Key West. For a while, pulling in hauls from shipwrecks was the basis of the island's economy. At this museum, an actor portraying Asa Tift, the 19th-century salvaging baron, takes you on a tour of the building, which is a reproduction of Tift's warehouse. Many of the artifacts were carried by the merchant ship Isaac Allerton that sank in 1856 and yielded the greatest-ever booty from Key West shipwrecks. You'll also see artifacts recovered from other ships. Don't forget to climb up the 20 m (65 ft) tall wreck-spotting tower. Buy tickets at discounted prices online. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Key West holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Key West Shipwreck Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • What a great museum. It's small but chock full of displays, artifacts and treasures. The introductory video was informative and enjoyable. Our tour guide, Charlotte, was fantastic. She played a... 
    What a great museum. It's small but chock full of displays, artifacts and treasures. The introductory video was informative and enjoyable. Our tour guide, Charlotte, was fantastic. She played a...  more »
  • There is so much history to be found in the Key's and it can be a little over-whelming, but go here! There is a short video at the start, and then as you go thru there are live actors in period... 
    There is so much history to be found in the Key's and it can be a little over-whelming, but go here! There is a short video at the start, and then as you go thru there are live actors in period...  more »
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  • We enjoyed the Shipwreck Museum. It took about half hour to walk through with very interesting exhibits and the tower overlooking Key West. Some parts were a bit dark to see the exhibits. The lady in the dress (Charlotte?) did a fantastic job telling us stories!
  • This place is pretty cool. Actual artifacts from boats that shipwrecked. History lessons and items are interesting and educational. Take the time to read and listen to the videos. Go to the top of the lookout too. Great view!

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