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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  • 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 accidentally walked in the wrong door, I guess. As we were waiting in the gift shop for our kids to use the bathroom prior to entering the museum, a woman stopped me and said that we couldn't use the bathroom. She went on and on about how bathrooms weren't for public use. I tried to explain to her that we were going into the museum but she said "you brought a big group in the door" like we were a group of teenagers on Spring Break. In fact, we were a group with a teacher, a nurse, and our three kids. I was so embarrassed! Needless to say, we left without ever seeing the museum. I was humiliated and the security woman would not let up even as we walked out the door. The entrance door said "welcome," but clearly professional families are not welcome to use the restroom before entering the museum. This was a total disappointment.
  • Do not buy anything at the shop that is advertised as actual treasure. All pieces are marked up 80% of their actual value. "Authetication" certificates with "Appraisal" certificates are completely fabricated values. Was told by a respected coin business that my $1500 piece of history was only valued at $300. Don't know how they get away with faking value on certificates but will be looking into it civilly.
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