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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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Well worth the $11 Sr admission plus you can find a $2 off coupon on their website. Interesting and informative history with some interactive exhibits for the kids. Gift shop was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Kankakee, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth the $11 Sr admission plus you can find a $2 off coupon on their website. Interesting and informative history with some interactive exhibits for the kids. Gift shop was great.

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Trophy Club, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was even better with the Christmas twist of photos with Santa Claus. The content was more than adequate to qualify as a field trip for our home schooled kids. High point for me was a display with the old Calypso J regulator I used when I started diving in the 60's. After spending hours in the museum, we... More 

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Seagrave, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son is a commercial diver. We really enjoyed going there with him. This place has it all when it comes to diving. Highly recommend it.

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Lake Tahoe (California), California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was just amazing. The history and all the info on diving is pretty interesting. My kids loved it as well

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a scuba Dive Master & LOVED the info, old equipment, video, etc. I really learned a lot and my NON diving wife enjoyed it also.

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Newnan, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Woke up to rainy day and had to do something inside. We opted for this museum. It cost $10 to get in for adults. The exit starts with a short video and then there are about 6 to more rooms with exhibits. The amount of "suits" are really impressive in such a small space. There are lots of signs with... More 

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Dryden, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here during a bike trip to Key West. Nice little museum if you are interested in history, diving or both. Probably not great for little kids.

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You could easily fill in a half day in here if you looked at and read about everything on display. It has a great collection of diving equipment and I was particularly interested in the early Navy Helium systems on display plus a collection of early closed circuit rebreathers, regulator designs etc. The wife was going Kyote after 2 hours... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to visit while visiting the keys. Lots of diving technology exposed in well presented expositions. You do not see such collection anywhere else. My family liked it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome collection! I've never seen so many diving artifacts in my life. The museum gives a historical timeline discussing all topics of diving, such as commercial, recreational, photography, treasure hunting. The first prototypes and breathing under water mechanisms were so cool! Very interesting for all ages, diver or not. The museum was quite interactive and more casual than most. Photography... More 

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