Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society & Historical Museum, Key West FL
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The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society is a
501 (c)(3) accredited,
not-for-profit organization existing for the purpose of accumulating and disseminating information; providing educational services to the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and preserving maritime culture resources.


Artifacts available for adoption
(click on any object below to visit our gallery of adoptable artifacts)

Artifact #BAH-0782
Artifact #BAH-0783
Artifact #BAH-0786
Artifact #BAH-0788
Artifact #BAH-0794
Artifact #BAH-0975a
Artifact #BAH-0975b
Artifact #BAH-0975c
Artifact #BAH-1116
Artifact #BAH-1392
Artifact #BAH-1395
Artifact #BAH-2123
Artifact #BAH-2136
Artifact #BAH-2147
Artifact #BAH-2296
Artifact #BAH-2561
Artifact #BAH-2620
Artifact #BAH-2625a
Artifact #BAH-2699
Artifact #BAH-NT-2008-3a
Artifact #BAH-NT-2008-3b
Artifact #BAH-NT-2008-3c
Artifact #BAH-NT-2008-4

THE PROGRAM

Join us today in our conservation, preservation and archiving of maritime history! "Adoption" will allow you to be a part of our dynamic commitment to inform and educate the world about the importance of our mission!

SIGN UP TODAY TO BECOME PART OF OUR MFMHS FAMILY!

Before quillion
After quillion
Above are before and after photographs of a quillon. A quillon is either of two transverse projecting members forming the cross guard of a sword.
Before arrowhead
After arrowhead
Above are before and after photographs of a crossbow
bolt from a nail conglomerate.


Generally conservators can identify what is hidden inside encrusted objects (E.O.s) by their shape. Unique objects such as crossbows and swords are easily recognizable, as well as, more common E.O.s such as spikes and barrel hoops. However this is not a reliable method and can result in unexpected surprises. What is thought to be an ordinary encrusted spike or conglomerate of nails can turn out to be something very unique, as was the case with the qillon and crossbow bolt.

These are the first of their kind to be recovered from the St. John's Bahamas Wreck, and are only one of many seemingly common encrusted objects that yielded unexpected surprises. With each artifact that is conserved, the St. John's artifact assemblage grows and it's through these artifacts we are able to look back in time to gain knowledge and a better understanding of this period of time in our history.

Conserving and archiving Mel Fisher Maritime Museum’s artifacts is no easy task and will only continue to happen with the help of the community. With our new and innovative program, Adopt an Artifact, the museum allows for ongoing community support and sponsorship. Those adopting may choose their favorite artifact and watch as it emerges into it’s full glory!

Click here to view a gallery of adoptable artifacts!

How adoption works:

    • The artifacts are part of the museum collection and may be adopted through our website: www.melfisher.org/adopt.htm
    • Interested “adopters” may browse the “adoptable” artifacts at our website
    • Adoption fees are tax deductible and range from $25-$10,000
    • The gift of adoption may be given to friends and family for special occasions; birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, or just to say “thank you”
    • After choosing an artifact, payment may be made online through our secure web store
    • After payment, a certificate of adoption and a photograph of the artifact will be sent to directly to the “adopter” who then may forward the package to their designated recipient
    • Occasional updates of the conservation progress will be available on line

Click here to Download the Rules of Adoption

The Adoption Commitment

With your support our fully accredited, world-class, maritime heritage museum will continue to be able to preserve the past for future generations.

Click here to Download the Adoption Application

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Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
200 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040

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Accredited by the American Association of MuseumsMEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM
200 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040
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