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History of Diving Museum

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Address: 82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-3600
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+1 305-664-9737
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and...

The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving. We tell the international story of man's attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. We also celebrate the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story. The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution focused on the Story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea. The majority of the Museum's artifacts have been provided through the generous support of its founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, who hold one of the largest collection of historic diving equipment and research documents in the world.

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An incredible collection of scuba and commercial diving equipment. I love to dive but I'm not really into gear. This place fascinated me.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Grafton, New Hampshire
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Grafton, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An incredible collection of scuba and commercial diving equipment. I love to dive but I'm not really into gear. This place fascinated me.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped by this little place because we are SCUBA divers. It is small but very interesting and interactive. I think kids would love it. The people who run it are friendly, and it has a great giftshop. Good for a quick stop on the way to Key West.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a 30 year diving veteran, I was fascinated by the detailed history and abundance of artifacts in this museum. I was surprised that even my non-diving friend found this to be an interesting museum. We spent about 90 minutes going through the exhibits, and actually could have used another 30 minutes. Highlights included an incredibly extensive collection of diving... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are in the Keys you need to stop by and visit this gam of a museum. At first look it seems like a regular tourist trap but the museum is so far from the cheesiness of Key West. Its authentic and very intentional in telling the extensive history of diving. Go, pay the admission and be in awe... More 

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Lisa M, Executive Director at History of Diving Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it. Dive in again on your next trip. In the fall we will be updating the Evolution of Scuba exhibit and Underwater Photography. More 

North Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a serious museum with lots of diving history. There is lots of reading so it may not be good for young kids although there is a lot to look at too.

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If you are a diver, this is a great little place to see the history of diving. It was interesting and informative.

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Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

AWESOME! that's all that is needed to be said but.. I have to have 100 words. Staff very personable and friendly...truly interested in who you are and where u were from. The history is unbelievable, if you come out not knowing something about diving then it is truly your own fault! Well preserved history! Interactive for children of all ages... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Often times, smaller museums can be disappointing...not this one...!!!...The Diving Museum is well thought out...taking you from the earliest days to the most modern with clearly marked explanations and actual diving gear...a few replicas...it is clean, well lit, and there are several interactive displays to keep your enthsiasm. There is also a well thought out gift store with more than... More 

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Lisa M, Executive Director at History of Diving Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and post. We appreciate your feedback. Dive in on your next visit to the Florida Keys to see exciting changes coming this fall! More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit this museum on a quiet Saturday afternoon. It turned out to be such a great experience! We are both divers and loved learning about the history of diving and see all of the artifacts and information in this amazing collection! The highlight was definitely the presentation of the international diving helmets. It was extremely well organized... More 

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great things come in small packages and the History of Diving Museum is a perfect example! The outside may look small but inside is some of the best history of Diving I have ever seen. The variety of Diving Helmets is Spectacular ! From each Military Branch to private salvaging companies to modern day diving suits. It can be found... More 

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