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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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Fascinating for both the novice and experienced diver

Great museum with an impressive collection tracing the history of diving from its origins through modern day bringing together pieces and perspectives from around the world. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

Great museum with an impressive collection tracing the history of diving from its origins through modern day bringing together pieces and perspectives from around the world. I scuba dive, my wife doesn't, and I think she may have enjoyed it more than I did!

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

Not Key-see at all, this is a first rate museum packed with a huge variety of incredible artifacts. In addition to the artifacts, there is tons of information presented by interpretive signs, posters, and videos. Also some hands-on demonstrations. A great place to visit when conditions are not good for diving!

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

You don't need to be a diver to really enjoy this museam as there's something for everyone in here. The displays are very well done and the lighting on some of them is great. The wall of diving helmets is really impressive and everyone will enjoy the "helium bar" at the end of the walk in the gift shop. Admission... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Interesting collection of gear and artifacts covering the history of diving from ancient times through today. Although neither my wife nor I dive, we thought it was well worth the visit. The helmets are interesting as is the early equipment. Nice to see the museum is a nonprofit organization.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

It was raining and we stopped into the dive museum and it was really a great exhibit. It not only appealed to me it also appeared to appeal to the other people there. A couple nights later we were at dinner and one of my kids actually asked if we could go back after dinner.

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Sanger, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Lots of history and information! The diving helmets were great! The hand scrub in the bathroom was awesome!!

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

I'm not much of a museum person but I really enjoyed this one. What people used to wear while diving is crazy! I also found the presentation on the helmets of different countries to be quite interesting. However, one of my favorite parts of the museum was the video at the end about fish found deep in the ocean. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Driving back north from key west on a rainy day. Saw the museum and we stopped. First you see a short film and then into the museum. Set up as a timeline very well done

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a day where diving was canceled due to weather. Fantastic! Staff was friendly and engaging. I really enjoyed the exhibits and the tour from Aristotle to modern day. Collection of diving helmets was very cool. A must stop for divers. About $12 for head. Good souvenirs as well.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Although I am not a diver, on a windy, rainy day I decided to visit. One immediately gets an appreciation for the risks people took to work underwater. Diving for pleasure is surprisingly recent. I read all the plaques, skipped most of the videos, and was out in an hour. For $10 after $2 discount coupon in visitor guide book,... More 

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