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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  • We'd heard about Mel Fisher's story before, but this museum really brought it to life. A short film, lots of exhibits, treasure, and artifacts not only related to Mel Fisher's expeditions, but also.....  more
    We'd heard about Mel Fisher's story before, but this museum really brought it to life. A short film, lots of exhibits, treasure, and artifacts not only related to Mel Fisher's expeditions, but also.....  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Wonderful story, sad bits, exciting bits and incredible perseverance. Many facts that I didn’t know and how they pulled and preserved the treasures. Take as long or short as you want, can be in and out in under an hour. Watch the video at the very beginning for sure. Don’t need the audio tour guide. There is plenty of info w/o it. The gift shop is nice, but expect to spend some coin to get a reproduction.
  • 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!

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