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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.
Key West Shipwreck Museum reviews
Small but interesting museum with short films about shipwreck and salvage, which is integral to Key West's history. The guide was with us for the first part of our visit and let us explore on our own.... more
Small but interesting museum with short films about shipwreck and salvage, which is integral to Key West's history. The guide was with us for the first part of our visit and let us explore on our own.... more »
Many interesting exhibits that paint the picture of bygone days in Key West. Be sure to check out the bar of silver!
Many interesting exhibits that paint the picture of bygone days in Key West. Be sure to check out the bar of silver! more »
The museum has many interesting facts and items on display. We bundled the price with the aquarium that is next door. The museum has starts at the bottom floor and the display leads you from floor to floor. Then there is a tower that you can climb. The view is worth the price and the time. Great birds eye view of the island. If you like museums then you will enjoy the Key West information that is provided by this museum.
I cannot say enough great things about this museum. If you’re checking reviews to see if it’s worth it — I’ll cut to the chase: IT IS. The 14 minute long video at the very beginning is really worth your time. It sets the whole mood for the self-guided experience through the museum. When you walk up the stairs to the second floor, the doors to the tower are to your right, and then on the left hand side. Tons of amazing artifacts with great explanations. Definitely a stop you don’t want to miss when you’re in Key West.
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