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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Really a great trip down the history of diving. Super informative and well down displays. Great display of the diving masks from around the world for 200+ years. Well worth the... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2016
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Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Really a great trip down the history of diving. Super informative and well down displays. Great display of the diving masks from around the world for 200+ years. Well worth the twelve dollar entry fee.

1 Thank Christine P
Topsham, Maine
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

The kids loved it too ...lots to see and very interesting. The kids kept going back to see the displays again.

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Reviewed 23 March 2016

Did not know much about diving and diving history. Here I got a good overview in this small but pleasant museum. Must go If you have a spare couple of hours.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Maybe better titled "The history of diving helmets" as this is what the first 75% of the museum covers. Interesting early history section and brief scuba and advanced tech section at the end, but mostly its a presentation of hundreds of years of diving helmets. With such a local focus on scuba diving, seems like this section could really be... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Spent an hour looking at very interesting diving artifacts from hundreds of years ago to the present. Many neat things I've never seen. Very thorough information. There are also fun interactive things for kids and can get a seek and find card to keep their attention. Hold your breath station, walk through submarine door, put head in dive helmet, etc.... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

This is a place clearly built on the love of some very intelligent people for the history and technology of diving. So much information packed into a small and beautiful space! If you've ever read 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, you need to visit.

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Frontenac, Missouri
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

My family really enjoyed this attraction because of the history and exhibit presentations. Definitely a must see.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

My husband and I love scuba! We have over 500 dives and we would not miss this museum. The displays are well done and the collection is amazing. We were glad that we could leave for lunch and be readmitted with the same admission price to give us time to really take in the collection. Would love to come and... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

This was a very interesting and informative museum. It reminded us of the old black and white diving movies we watched as youngsters.

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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Although the price is a little on the expensive side, this museum was fun to visit for someone who loves diving. If you dive I would definitely recommend it-the size of the collection is impressive and there are some interesting interactive components as well.

Thank Kaylee R

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