Key West Shipwreck Museum in Key West, FL

Historic Tours of America1 Whitehead St.Key West, FL 33040
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Discover actual artifacts from a 19th century shipwreck and hold a silver bar from a Spanish galleon! The Key West Shipwreck Museum combines actors, audio-visuals and artifacts to tell the stories of dangerous shipwrecks, daring recoveries and the city’s maritime heritage. Meet Asa Tift, the city's most notable salvager, climb the 65' lookout tower, and more.

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from Ashley, one of our Key West Travel Experts
  • Discover artifacts recovered from shipwrecks in the Florida Keys, including the Isaac Allerton.
  • Fun and interactive tour with costumed storytellers and audio-visual displays.
  • See the best views of the island from the top of the 65-foot Captain's Lookout Tower.
  • Hold a 64lb silver bar from the 1656 shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas.
  • Plan to spend about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Suitable for all ages. Children 3 and under are admitted free.
  • Wheelchair accessible on the main floor only.
  • Presentations start every 20 minutes on the hour, 20-past, and 20-to. Last show is at 4:40 PM


from Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Discover over 400 years of Key West's shipwrecking history with a visit to the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum.

Enter the world of 1856 Key West and relive the era of the wreckers, listen to tales of dangerous wrecks and daring recoveries, and learn about Key West’s unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States.

This Shipwreck Museum combines actors, films, and actual artifacts including artifacts from the 1985 rediscovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the treacherous Florida Keys reef. You can even hold a silver bar salvaged from a Spanish galleon in 1654.

Join Key West's most notable salvager, Asa Tift, and his wrecking crew as he tells you the story of how this unusual industry provided for the livelihoods of the early Key West pioneers. You will be invited to climb the 65' lookout tower and if need be, alarm Mr. Tift of any wrecks on the reef!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Where is the Key West Shipwreck Museum located?

This Key West museum is located at 1 Whitehead Street Key West, Florida 33040.

How long does it take to tour the Key West Shipwreck Museum?

Visitors typically spend about an hour to an hour and a half.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

The Key West Shipwreck Museum is wheelchair accessible on the main floor only

Is parking available?

Limited on-street parking is available at Mallory Square. The Opal Key Parking Garage is also close by.