Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
We are a fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. Come discover a museum rich in history! We have amazing treasure in our 1622 Fleet exhibit of the Spanish galleons discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. Also thought provoking Spirits of the Passage and Key West African Cemetery exhibits to glean insights into the transatlantic slave trade and Key West's unique role in it. And don't miss our three new exhibits -- Spanish Coins in the New World, the Real Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Science of Shipwrecks. You can even take a lab tour to see how history is revealed through excavation and conservation of shipwrecks. Make plans to visit. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year!
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  • AJNNJ44
    New Jersey443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Today’s the day
    While the history of the Atocha may be lost on a fair number of Key West visitors I am a shipwreck geek and dragged my wife along to visit Mel’s place. The artifacts on display are tremendous and there is so much history to read. The facade of the building was under construction when we visited and the sounds of jackhammers was a bit distracting but the museum is absolutely worth some time (and the construction should be finished shortly). Today’s the day!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • MAB
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice reprieve from the heat in an interesting setting
    An interesting stop - it only takes a couple of hours to get through the exhibits. Don't bother with the audio - you don't need it the information is duplicated within written the exhibits. Cute little gift shop - we picked up an interesting map of Florida ship wrecks.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Dorothy M
    Incline Village, Nevada225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this !
    An excellent walk through the long process of Mel Fisher’s discovery of the Atocha and other wrecks. Starts with a short film worth watching. We did not find the listening devices to be very useful. Lots of descriptions with the exhibits. An extensive collection of his finds, not just gold and silver, though there was plenty of that on display. Very educational about life on ship. Where and why the ships were collecting cargo and precious goods from South and Central America. The upstairs rooms and discussion of pirates, privateers and buccaneers was well done, as well as the area with US/Cuban history. Highly recommend visiting.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Robert L
    Amherst, Massachusetts1,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!
    Right in the middle of Key West tourist attractions is this commercialized museum. The greeter at the top of the stairs had several interesting stories about the "wrecking" culture. In the heyday, there was 1 wreck weekly to be salvaged. Walk to the top of the lookout. Recommended ever if it's corny.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
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Lauren
Austin, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The museum has some good information and artifacts but don't miss the conservation laboratory tour if you are visiting on a day when it's offered. Our tour was led by the museum's director of archaeology, Dr. Malcom, who walked us through the lab, showing us different objects that the team has recovered from shipwrecks and explaining the science behind how these objects are collected, preserved, and studied. He also shared a fair amount of history about one of the wrecks he worked on, the Santa Clara. It was fascinating to hear how the team went about identifying the (initially unknown, unidentified) ship based on clues found in the wreckage and historical documentation, some of which the researchers traveled to Spain to review. If you're at all interested in history, archaeology, or shipwrecks, this is a must-do. You can visit the museum exhibits either before or after the tour. If you buy your tickets online in advance, you'll save a few dollars off the posted admission rates.
Written 1 March 2020
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OldFloridaGuy
Lakeland, FL39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I have been fascinated by Mel Fisher’s discovery of the Spanish galleon Atocha since first reading about it years ago. Over the years, I pulled for him in his court battles with the State of Florida over ownership of the treasure he and his team found, and grieved over the tragedies that seemed to stalk his search for the wreck. Thus, I was anxious to visit the museum displaying many of the remarkable treasures discovered. In short, the museum does not disappoint. The vast volume and diversity of artifacts on display—from gold bars to exquisite jewelry to ship’s stores—is both educational and intriguing. Our group made use of the audio guide which is well worth the additional nominal charge. Also, be certain to view the short introductory video to gain an appreciation for the sacrifices made by Fisher, his family and his team, and the long timeline that resulted in ultimate success.
Written 27 February 2020
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Darlene L
Nebraska32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There is much to see in this Museum! Unbelievable riches and treasures that were found and rescued from the depths of the waters surrounding the Keys. It was intereting to learn about all the shipwrecks and how Key West became a very wealthy city because of the "wreckers" who would rescue the ship's people and "wreck" the ship for a share. Information about the differences between pirates, privateers, and buccaneers was interesting. We did not have a guide, but if available, I always recommend a guided tour of anything.
Written 6 March 2020
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Victor S
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
i remembered seeing lots of treasure and being in awe when i was a kid. there used to be a gold bar that you could pick up inside of a plexiglass box. not the case anymore. they charge you 16 bucks just to walk through a couple rooms the size of an average house. with a few treasures. super overrated. will never go back again. so lame. was embarrassed to bring my girl there i said it would be cool and it was so lame!
Written 17 February 2020
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Victor, We are wondering when you were last here. We added an additional floor of exhibitions in 1995 representing 7 new galleries. This more than doubled our square footage of public galleries. Perhaps you didn't see on national news that the gold bar was stolen in August 2010. After a multi-year manhunt the FBI arrested the criminals and they have been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay more than $500,000 in restitution. Here's a link to the conviction coverage https://www.wlrn.org/post/gold-bar-thieves-sentenced-ordered-pay-half-million-restitution-keys-museum I hope that you consider contacting me directly at office@melfisher.org I will gladly give you a call at a convenient time to discuss this further.
Written 19 February 2020
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james h
Picayune, MS198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
First time here was about 15 years ago on a cruise stop and wanted to re-visit. This time, we spend more time reading the descriptions on the exhibits as the museum seems to not be as heavily visited due to cruise shutdown from the virus. Entry is by online payment only, masks are mandatory and the elevators are shut down. I failed to ask why the requirements were so strict when the rest of the state of FL has almost no restrictions.
Written 13 May 2021
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Avidtravelbug
Omaha, NE250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Boy was my initial thought about this museum WAY off-base. I was expecting another museum about boats, etc. Holy MOLY, was I wrong! This was one of the most interesting museums I have ever toured, about one man who refused to give up on an idea turned into passion ... into a fortune and a life's mission carried on and finally realized by his son! So many detours, so many dead-ends, so many stories, and ultimately a dream realized with so many treasures found, and uncovering the history surrounding the Atocha. I strongly recommend watching the video before touring the museum - some very important information shared. FINDERS KEEPERS!!
Written 26 February 2020
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Nauti5
Forest, VA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This museum was right by where we were staying and my husband had visited when he was a kid so we decided to check it out. We enjoyed the information and learning about the discoveries. My 2 teenage boys were with us and also enjoyed it. It's a pretty small place and I definitely recommend getting the audio guide - I think that made a difference for everyone. It is a little pricey, but we enjoyed it.
Written 27 January 2021
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Spring F
Fort Bragg, CA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Our family spent several hours here looking at all the cool artifacts and treasures. The story of the Fisher family is amazing and the video that plays in the entrance to the museum should not be missed. One of the highlights of our trip to Key West.
Written 21 January 2020
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Twodogsandadragon
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We were the only people there. I must emphasize that! Staff members watched us on camera and harassed us because they didn’t like how my mask was not tightly fitting my face.
The power hungry manager was rude to me in front of my children and asked us to leave without reimbursement. So, we did. It left such terrible feeling in my heart. 😔
I strongly do not recommend this place. It was almost $20/ person. 👎🏻the museum is so small, we could have finished the whole thing in under 10 min, it’s mainly pictures of people scuba diving or working to clean the calcification off ship wrack artifacts...however, their gift shop is a great size🧐 with lots of plastic souvenirs to purchase.
Written 10 January 2021
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First I have to admit I am a long term fan of Mel Fisher and have been looking forward to visiting his museum for years. I thought it was very interesting but the optional audio headsets were not necessary. The attached store Mel Fisher's Treasures might have been even more interesting as the salesmen were very friendly and seemed to enjoy talking about all the coins for sale. Overall great visit.
Written 5 February 2020
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