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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Key West

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Key West (must see)

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th-century shipwrecks. A rotating gallery on the 2nd floor is also currently displaying an exhibit or artifacts belonging to Cuban Rafters, Balseros, who arrive to Key West in hand-crafted vessels. Terrestrial archaeological sites include The African Cemetery of Key West, located on Higg's Beach. The museum is named for founder Mel Fisher and was created as a non-profit charity organization, thus Fisher's fortune is not financially linked to the museum. It is a museum, a lab, and a nationally recognized research facility.

Within the museum is a fully operating Conservation and Archaeology lab, where guests are allowed admittance during a daily private Lab Tour and are able to touch the artifacts while learning about the various stages of artifact conservation. Some artifacts, depending on type and density, can take anywhere from weeks to years for full conservation before they are placed on display in the museum.

Tip:
Skip the Audio Tour but add the Conservation Lab Tour (extra fee) conducted by the extremely knowledgeable marine archeologist who will take you through each step of the process from discovery to the de-encrustation and preservation of artifacts. Plus it's really cool to be able to actually handle an encrusted artifact from a shipwreck and see all of the tools being used.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays: 9:30am-5pm

Lab Tours:
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm (Holidays excluded)

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Sight Name: Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
Sight Location: Key West, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Key West, Florida

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles

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