The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is a 501 (c) (3) accredited, not-for-profit organization existing to research, interpret, and exhibit the maritime history of Florida and the Caribbean in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, and stimulate inquiry.
THE MARIANA, A VOYAGE TO FREEDOM
The Cuban chug that made the journey from Cuba to Key West.
Plan a Visit / Exhibitions
CUBAN RAFTERS: WITH LITTLE MORE THAN THE SHIRTS ON THEIR BACKS
Florida Keys resident Dink Bruce has collected these personal possessions that tell the story of Cuban immigrants making the dangerous journey from Cuba to the USA.
ONGOING FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS
TODAY'S THE DAY
The story of Mel Fisher and the 16 year quest to find the Spanish galleon Atocha.
TREASURE & TRAGEDY: THE 1622 FLEET
The experience the journey between Europe and the New World through our rare artifacts.
SPANISH COINS: NEW WORLD COINS, OLD WORLD TREASURE
Explore the Spanish coins from the Golden Galleons.
THE TREASURE GALLERY
Amazing craftsmanship in gold, silver, and emeralds show the best of the Spanish Empire.
THE SEARCH FOR THE ATOCHA
Spanish salvage of the Atocha and Santa Margarita in 1622.
THE SCIENCE OF SHIPWRECKS
How we use archaeological techniques underwater to document and identify shipwrecks.
THE ART OF CONSERVATION
Bringing artifacts from the ocean floor to museum display case is a fascinating journey.
PIRACY IN THE NEW WORLD
Buccaneers sought the cargoes from the Golden Galleons, learn who they were.
A SLAVE SHIP SPEAKS; THE WRECK OF THE HENRIETTA MARIE
The only merchant slave ship to sink in the course of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the western hemisphere.
THE LAST SLAVE SHIPS
The incredible story of the slavers William, Bogota and Wildfire in Key West.
SPIRITS OF THE PASSAGE
The story of the trans-atlantic slave trade in the New World.
On exhibition at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum from February 1, 2019 through August 11, 2019.
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SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS ARCHIVE
CLYDE BUTCHER: CUBA THE NATURAL BEAUTY
Incomparable images of Cuba from Butcher's UN sponsored photographic expedition.