Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, Key West

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#4 of 26 in Museums in Key West
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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  • Way to go Mel and associates! Good on ya! Do your homework and persevere to reach your goals. There are some amazing relics here and great history of not only the Spanish wrecks but of the process to ...  more »
  • Certainly the entrance is a bit pricey, but the Museum is very well made and makes all the adventurers dream. A questionnaire involves the children. A fine example of toughness. To be completed with the shipwrecker Museum (expensive too, but what is not expensive in key West?).
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  • We really enjoyed this museum. The main story was about Mel Fisher and his life dedicated to treasure hunting. The history of his family was interesting, with a wall timeline and a video. It was quite interesting to see all the objects that were found on the many treasure ships. Don't miss upstairs because there is plenty more loot to see from many different boats. It was fun to tour through Mel's life of treasure hunting as this exhibit did a great job of connecting you to his passionate journey.
  • This should have a different name or something. This is an amazing spot! My husband and I always visit maritime museums when we travel, but something like "Treasure chest" or would be more fitting and get more people in. Exhibits were great!! Thank you!

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