Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage 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 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.
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  • Figured we would go and check out some treasures. This place was definitely more than that! It gave easy to read history of Pirates, male and female pirates (!), slave trade, ships of the time of... 
    Figured we would go and check out some treasures. This place was definitely more than that! It gave easy to read history of Pirates, male and female pirates (!), slave trade, ships of the time of...  more »
  • This museum intrigued me, so with our limited time, it was one of 3 places we visited. (Truman presidential home, & Hemingway being the other must sees). This museum is small but mighty. Watch the.....  more
    This museum intrigued me, so with our limited time, it was one of 3 places we visited. (Truman presidential home, & Hemingway being the other must sees). This museum is small but mighty. Watch the.....  more »
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  • Awesome museum filled with so many amazing artifacts! The jewelry that has been found is absolutely beautiful! Audio tour was great and fun! Staff was all friendly and helpful in accommodating for me since I'm in a wheelchair. Very cool that Mel was born in the same town as us, Hobart, Indiana and it took a trip all the way in Key West to learn that!
  • History, real life drama, fantastic artifacts.

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