Key West Shipwreck Museum
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Attractions & guided tours

Key West Shipwreck Museum

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Printed ticket only
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore two floors of artifacts from shipwrecks spanning a period of 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
What to expect

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 1600s and 1700s, 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 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.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Audio and visual presentations
    • Below-sea-level theater
    Reduced price
    • Children (4-12)
    • Children (under 4): free
    Where

    1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

    Meeting point:

    Redeem your voucher at 1 Whitehead Street, Mallory Square, Key West, FL 33040

    What to remember
    • Tour is self-guided
    • Reservations are not needed
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    When
    • Daily: 9.00am-4.00pm
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    Provider
    Historic Tours of America
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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