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did Mel Fisher find all his treasure?
Mel started searching
for Nuestra Señora de Atocha
in 1967. He found many artifacts from the Nuestra
Señora de Atocha’s convoy over the
following sixteen years, but it was not until July 20th,
1985 that he found the main pile of the Atocha,
including almost 1,000 silver bars.
Where was the
The main pile was found
near the Marquesas Keys, a few miles from Key West.
Is the Society a
Yes. It was founded by
Mel Fisher in 1982 as a research organization and
became a museum after a large gift of treasure and
historical artifacts that Mel arranged in 1986. It is
supported by admissions and gift shop sales as well as
state and federal grants, gifts from corporations etc.
All donations to the Society are fully tax-deductible.
Does any of the
museum’s collection belong to the Fisher family?
No. Mel arranged for a
large donation of artifacts to be donated to the
Society in 1986 and there have been many donations
subsequently. The Museum’s entire collection belongs
to the Society.
How many visitors
does the museum get each year?
Almost 200,000 people
come to see the exhibitions at the Society’s museums
every year, making it the most-visited non-profit
history museum in the Southeast.
Does the Fisher
family own the Society or receive any portion of its
Does the Museum
or the Society sell coins or other artifacts?
No. As a non-profit, it
is unethical for the Society to sell artifacts.
Does the Society
do its own archaeology?
Yes, it does. The
Society has an archaeological team which is currently
involved in the excavation of the St.
John’s Wreck and which has also done
a great deal of work on the site of the Henrietta
Does the Fisher
family still search for treasure?
Yes they do. They have
treasure hunting leases on the Spanish treasure fleets
of 1715 & 1733, both of which sank off the
Atlantic Coast of mainland Florida. The Fishers also
work the sites of the Nuestra Señora
de Atocha and Santa
How do I get to the
Go to our Museum
Any more questions?
Board of Directors