There are a myriad of Museums and Attractions in Key West. It’s difficult to fit in all that Key West has to offer. The history of these museums and attractions will simply amaze you. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites and hope this helps with your Key West visit.
Mel Fisher Maritime and Heritage Society and Historical Museum 200 Greene St (305-294-3633305-294-3633)
The charm and history of this island is so amazing. One of my favorite destinations is the “Mel Fisher Maritime Museum “ which is at the corner of Greene and Whitehead streets. There you’ll be able to learn about one of America’s most famous treasure hunters. The Museum is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30am till 5pm and on Weekends and Holidays from 9:30am till 5pm.
It took Mel, some family members and an extraordinary team of scientists and divers over 16 years of scouring the floor of the Gulf of Mexico at great cost, both monetarily and emotionally to find the Spanish galleon ”Nuestra Senora de Atocha”, which sank in a hurricane in the Florida Straits in 1622!!! It’s an amazing story and if you haven’t heard of Mel Fisher before it’s a story you’ll never forget. There’s also a store where you can purchase artifacts recovered from the wreck-site which have been lost at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico for almost 400 years! Check it out! Adult admission is $11 and children $6. Go there. Learn about it. Visit their website to learn so much more. “Today’s the Day”.
The Schooner Western Union Key West Flagship
Key West’s Oldest House Museum and Gardens (305-294-9501305-294-9501)
Located at 322 Duval St, right in the heart of Old Town, you’ll find this charming, wonderfully historic property. The Oldest House in Key West is free and open to the public daily from 10am till 4pm except Wednesdays and Sundays when they’re closed. The museum has staff on hand to answer any questions and inform guests of the history of the house and the family who lived there. “Casey” did a marvelous job explaining the amazing details and was extremely helpful and very friendly. It was a great pleasure talking with him.
This historic property is also available for private functions including, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, as well as for companies and organizations. The private gardens can accommodate up to 125 seated diners or up to 300 people for cocktail parties. The gardens offer a beautifully manicured lawn, gazebo, quaint brick pathways and a gorgeous tropical foliage for your enjoyment. There’s also an original “Cook House” from the era that is simply incredible. The house was built on Whitehead Street and the moved to this location around 1836. It’s really well worth the time to stop in to this wonderfully historic landmark when you’re in Key West. I would consider it a must-do!
Clinton Square Market Website Courtesy of FlKeysToday.com
Key West Turtle Museum Website Courtesy of Keywesttravelguide.com
Key West Shell Museum