This museum showcases treasures from 17th- and 18th-century European and English shipwrecks discovered in the waters around Key West. Artifacts include navigational instruments, armaments, silver and gold ingots, cannons and shackles from slave ships; there are also exhibits detailing Caribbean piracy during that time period. It’s named after Mel Fisher, the discoverer of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha wreck, and many of the ancient Spanish ship’s contents are on display in the museum.
The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum has recently unveiled its newest exhibit—"Pirates: Menace and Mayhem!" This is the latest addition to a series of extensive collections with artifacts from sunken ships and an African cemetery. The museum is also very involved with education and community outreach, so be sure to check and see if there are special events going on before you visit. The museum is open 365 days a year so there's always time to go.