ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Opened in 2005, the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a unique 3,000-square-foot showcase of interactive exhibits.
The History of Diving Museum is a must-see attraction in a region whose surrounding waters are home to the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Visitors are entertained with interactive exhibits spanning 4,000 years of undersea exploration. The museum displays one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of diving artifacts from more than 30 countries, as well as fascinating photographs and other antiquities.
Museum visitors can come within inches of the earliest diving machines, including a full-scale replica of an all-wood diving bell, and stroll past the Parade of Nations, an unparalleled collection of historic hard-hat dive helmets from 25 nations.
The museum also serves as a valuable educational resource through frequent “Immerse Yourself!” and “Dive Into History!” free public programs in which maritime and dive experts help tell the story of humankind’s attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except major holidays, the museum is located at mile marker 83 bayside in Islamorada.
For information on admissions fees, see DivingMuseum.org or call 305-664-9737.