Guests are invited to journey back to the mid-19th century in the history museum, which travel experts and visitors rate as a top attraction in Key West. Highlights of the museum include displays and video presentations on the history of wreck salvage in the Florida Keys and the sinking of the legendary Isaac Allerton. Visitors can also climb to the top of the 65-foot Captain's Observatory.
Discover the perils of the shipwrecking industry as you journey back in time to 1851. See how the rewards of this dangerous profession made Key West one of the richest cities in America. Artifacts, laser technology, video presentations and live actors as well as a 65-foot observation tower make the museum a unique experience. See and hear film clips, interviews and actual underwater footage in the re-created shipwrecker’s warehouse. Experience the mesmerizing tale of the Isaac Allerton, one of the richest shipwrecks in the history of Key West. Many of the artifacts on display come from her watery grave. Summon all your strength to lift a silver bar salvaged from a Spanish galleon. Learn about Asa Tift and other individuals who made their fortunes in the exciting and perilous world of wreck salvage.
Then climb to the top of the lookout and imagine yourself spotting the wrecks of Spanish galleons and turn-of-the-century cargo ships like the wrecking captains of old. A top attraction in Key West for kids of all ages.
Mon – Sun 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 365 days a year. Last entry at 5:00 pm.
Tower closes at 5:30 pm and Museum closes at 6:00 pm.
Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 12 months of the purchase date.
1 Whitehead Street, Mallory Square, Key West, FL 33040
Front Street and Whitehead Street.
Parking is available at Mallory Square or Margaritaville Resort Parking garage
Child Ticket: 4-12 yrs. of age. Children 3 yrs. of age and younger are free.
Presentations start every 20 minutes, on the top of the hour, twenty after and twenty till. For more information call: 305-292-8990.