See 17th century artifacts acquired from wrecks of galleons, slave ships, and plundered pirate vessels at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage 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 Heritage Museum on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum reviews
If you are interested in history and buried treasure, this museum is full of it. Very bright and informative displays. more »
One of the high points of our visit to Key West! This museum offers a look at treasure brought up from the Atocha. Even more interesting is the story of how Mel Fisher found it after years of... more »
Interesting displays document the long search for the Atocha, sunk by a hurricane in 1622. Includes many artifacts salvaged from the ship. Good background about the recovery efforts as well. Well worth the time.
I read "Search for the Atocha" when I was a child and have always been excited about Mel Fisher's treasure hunting. So being able to visit the museum was a cool opportunity. Our kids enjoyed the visit. There are a a lot of nice artifacts on display and informative exhibits. The audio tour feature is interesting and informative as well. The staff at the museum were friendly, and the price for admission seemed fair to us.
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