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Shipwreck Museum

Shipwreck museum.

Take a tour of the Shipwreck Museum in Key West, Florida. Step back in time as you discover Key West’s unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States.

Inside the shipwreck museum

Address: 1 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-8990
Adult tickets: $15.00
Child tickets: $6.50
Senior tickets: $13.00
Hours: The Museum is open from 9:40 AM to 5:00 PM 365 days a year. Last show 4:40 PM
Directions: The museum is located next to the Tour Bus Stop in Mallory Square.

Cannons at the shipwreck museum.

The Shipwreck Museum highlights:

  • The Key West Museum combines actors, films, and the actual artifacts from the 1985 rediscovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the treacherous Florida Keys reef.
  • Join master wrecker Asa Tift and his wrecking crew as he tells you the story of how this unusual industry provided for the livelihoods of the early pioneers of Key West.
  • Visitors can climb the 65-foot lookout tower and if need be, alarm Mr. Tift of any wrecks on the reef.
  • Relive the life of the wreckers as they fight the storms to save the lives and cargo on the treacherous reefs on the Florida Keys.
  • See Key West, as a bustling, boisterous sea town on the frontier of a young America.
  • The museum tours give you a glimpse at 19th-century life and the wrecking’s influence on the island’s society.

Check out our audio tour(opens in a new tab) for more information on the Shipwreck Museum.

Woman looks at display in shipwreck museum.
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