Key West Shipwreck Museum
- Explore two floors of artifacts from shipwrecks spanning 400 years
- Bring history to life with tales of the wreckers and their daring rescues
- Lift a silver bar from the wreck of a Spanish treasure galleon
Wrecking and salvage – the recovery of wrecked ships and their cargos (as well as the rescue of their crews & passengers) - was the foundation of Key West’s economy throughout the 1800’s. By the mid 1850’s, Key West had become the richest city per capita in the entire United States, all due to the wrecking industry.
The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum celebrates the rich history of the Key West wreckers with two floors of shipwreck artifacts that include treasures from the Spanish fleets of the 16 & 1700’s, as well as a vast collection of pieces from the 1856 wreck of the Isaac Allerton. You can even lift a silver bar salvaged from the Spanish treasure galleon, Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas.
The museum itself is a recreation of 19th Century wrecker tycoon Asa Tift’s warehouse that includes a 65-foot lookout tower. A variety of audio-visual displays (including a below-sea-level theater) create windows into Key West’s past and allow you to experience life as it was for the brave souls who risked their lives to retrieve shipwreck treasures.
- Audio and visual presentations including a below-sea-level theater
- Children 4-12 years
- Children under 3 years are free
Redeem your voucher at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum in Mallory Square. Parking is available at Mallory Square or The Westin Parking garage.
- Tour is self-guided
- Reservations are not needed
- Presentations begin every 20 minutes
- Daily 9.00am-6.00pm
- Last show ends at 5.20pm
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