Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
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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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  • Kathleen L
    4 contributions
    very interesting
    I really learned a lot about history of the area and Mel Fisher's quest to find this treasure. I didn't know about all of the hardships and tragedy it took to recover the treasures. Fantastic artifacts. I loved learning about the pirates and the Spanish explores. A wonderful history lesson plus seeing all of the artifacts made everything real. The emeralds and gold jewelry were beautiful. We got the headphones with the recorded tour which explained things even further than just reading the placards. Not necessary, but nice.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Joseph R
    Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania41 contributions
    Interesting
    We learned a lot about Mel Fisher and his hunt for the Atocha. A number of the audio-visual features in the museum were not running. I was inspired to come home and watch the Nat Geo special on the hunt for the Atocha and learned some additional info.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 1 February 2023
  • Charles M
    Virginia91 contributions
    Maritime history with a human touch
    Fantastic place for even the history challenged. More than a treasure hunter gallery, the museum wraps history and science around Mr. Fisher's and team's decades of underwater archeology. Highly recommend the Behind the Scenes Conservation Laboratory tour, before visiting the exhibits. Not only does one better understand the purpose of the museum, you will get more out of the museum exhibits afterwards. Virginia was an amazing tour guide for the lab, and was both very patient with my (too) many questions and an enthusiastic champion of the museum and its critical work in archeology. Children and adults alike will both enjoy and learn. A must see.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Frank G
    New York City, New York68 contributions
    Interesting, worth the visit
    An interesting glimpse of history of the new world. One wonders at how all that treasure was accumulated. The story behind his years long search for the treasure and the US govt's attempt to steal it from him offer real insites into both Mr Fisher and govt bureacrats
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Anne S
    Richmond, Virginia159 contributions
    Not as good as I remembered
    I had been to this museum 20 years ago and had enjoyed it. The exhibits were good but were focused on telling the story of the Spanish life of the artifacts and on wrecking finding techniques. There was not as much awe inspiring gold as I remembered.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 May 2023
  • JamesV
    Huntsville, Alabama92 contributions
    A must visit place in Key West.
    Unique museum. Great history surrounding Caribbean treasure hunting and Mell Fisher. Also has a well done section centering around a wrecked slave trading ship and the impact it had on The Key West community.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • AJNNJ44
    New Jersey400 contributions
    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
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MAB
17 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 3 December 2023
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Paul R
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Nov 2023 • Family
Having been here back in 2008 with my father I fell in love with the story of the treasure Galleons and Mel Fisher. This trip I decided to shop my daughter it. This museum is nothing like I remember. There was a bunch of interaction and displays of the treasure that was found.

This visit with my daughter left a lack luster feeling. Everything seems to have been removed. There was very little interactions with the story or treasure. We used to be able to feel a gold bar.

I would skip this stop. For a museum based on treasure Galleons there is practically none on display. Artifacts are cool but treasure gets you hyped.
Written 20 November 2023
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MustangOps
Kissimmee, FL6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum has recently expanded to include more artifacts, history and stories of the shipwrecks found off the coast of Key West. The fresh new look includes more treasure, new signage, graphics, additional artifacts and stories about life on the Treasure Galleons and the recovery effort to bring this history to the surface. The museum also has extra exhibits on other shipwrecks and maritime history found off of Key West providing several floors of interesting material. We have been through the Museum several times in the past but the new look is worth going back to.
Written 10 November 2023
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AJNNJ44
New Jersey400 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
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!
Written 27 October 2023
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CYNTHIA M
3 contributions
Informative and cool ! More than just treasure. History lessons are important, it’s who we are, soak up all you can before it disappears.
Written 22 October 2023
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Christopher C
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
The museum and the artifacts are great. The museum provides a ton of information about Mr. Fisher, his operation, and the history behind the Atocha and Margarita shipwrecks. I am deducting 2 stars from my review however, due to the Museum and staff not being "parent friendly". We were not allowed to use the handicapped platform lift to get to the top of the stairs outside to enter the building with our 2 small children and stroller, and there is no ramp alternative to enter the building. The employee that notified us that we were not allowed to use the lift was very snarky and rude when telling us that "it's for Handicap only" and then walking away before we could ask if there was another way to get our stroller up the stairs. She stood there and watched as me and my wife lifted the stroller and our 2 kids up and walked them up the stairs. I don't understand why we were not allowed to use the platform lift to get up the stairs to enter the building, but we were allowed to use the actual handicap elevator inside to get to the second floor exhibit. The blond lady with the Australian accent that gave us our audio guide devices and offered to take us to the second floor on the handicap elevator was very nice, courteous, and professional. The other two that day however were not. After we finished the tour my wife took the kids to the bathroom to change diapers while I browsed the gift shop. The courteous blond employee must have had to step away from the podium where the audio guides were handed out, so the employee outside (the snarky one that said we were not allowed to use the platform lift) stepped in to man the podium. While I was walking around the gift shop her and the other employee that sold the admission tickets were "gossiping" (to put it politely) about me and my wife wanting to use the platform lift. I poked my head around the wall of the left side of the gift shop where I could be seen and they knew I could hear them and they didn't say anything else.

The fact that they were "gossiping" about me and my wife is the whole reason I am writing this review. The museum was excellent, and while not being able to use the platform lift to get our stroller and 2 kids up the entrance stairs of the building was an inconvenience, if that's their rules, it's their rules. Even if it's a silly one that leaves parents in the position of inconvenience and possibly safety concerns lifting children, stroller, diaper bag... up the stairs. But to blatantly "gossip" about 2 customers for doing nothing more than trying to enter a museum with their children in the middle of a gift shop, is unprofessional. I wish the museum the best and don't wish to "tarnish its name" for lack of better phrases with this review, because the museum certainly is spectacular, and I will still return to visit it again as we visit the keys every October.
Written 16 October 2023
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Erik
Pennsylvania10 contributions
Oct 2023
Amazing to see the information on the Atocha and the many incredible artifacts that have been recovered.
Written 13 October 2023
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Sonia
Gadsden, AL8 contributions
The exhibit is laid out very professional with plenty detail. The narrated commentary was informative and entertaining.
Written 13 September 2023
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Laurie H
Winter Haven, FL18 contributions
We very much enjoyed this museum but when we arrived prepared to enter using the Groupon deal we had already purchased we were told that it did not work there & that the deal we'd purchased was for the museum in Melbourne, FL. The employee did not look at our Groupon nor offer to double check this. He very very very confidently told us this as if there were no mistake in saying so! He also told us with firm confidence that Groupon would refund us & all we had to do was to ask for the refund! We questioned this several times as we were pretty sure we'd purchased the correct Groupon deal. But nope! This guy wouldn't budge on his firm reply! 'Doesn't work here' were his exact words. Fast forward a week & a half & several email back & forth with Groupon (including a photo of our paid receipt for our museum entry fee) we are out of luck!! Our Groupon purchase was indeed for Key West & we will not get a refund. No reason given. Needless to say we will never ever purchase anything through Groupon again! And I don't know what to think about this museum telling us it doesn't work there!! I just felt it important to share our experience with others so that they don't have to pay twice or miss out because they can't afford to pay twice!
Written 7 September 2023
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Charles D.
Prescott, AZ68 contributions
I found this dory fascinating and the articles in the museum intriguing. There is a great deal of history in Key West and this museum provides a unique piece.
Written 27 August 2023
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MEL FISHER MARITIME HERITAGE MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost RM 81.81, while a popular guided tour starts around RM 32.68 per person.

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