Shipwreck Historeum, Key West
Actors, disguised as a pirate or a captain draw crowds inside while shouting and acting a fight. Promising! Inside, the show starts with a movie about the history of Key West and the wrecking activity on the island. Someone, called Asa Tift, a famous personage of the island, shows the visitor around. He talks a lot and one needs to be skilled in English to understand everything. Fortunately one doesn’t need to wait until he’s finished. Upstairs, there are artefacts of the ship Isaac Allerton, which sunk in the 19th century. Nice, but not special. Kids like to climb the wooden tower and to ring the bell. Good view over Key West.
I would not call this place a real tourist trap, but it’s rather commercial and certainly not worth the entrance fee.
The Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum offers a historical perspective on the many shipwrecks that occurred in this area. A nice little museum to stop to visit if you have some spare time at Mallory Square. Great photograph opportunities.
the shipwreak historium is located near mallory square just off of duval street. this museum has a live show about the wreaking industry in key west. the main character is "asa tift" who was a wealthy key west wreaker in the 1800's. wreakers were key west captains who rescued sailors and salvaged shipwreaks on key west's reefs. the historium has a collection of relics from the ship isaac allerton that sank off of key west in 1856. you can also climb it's 65 foot tower for a view of downtown key west.
This museum recalls the time when Key West was the richest city of USA thanks to the wrecks the inhabitants saved.
We were not happy with the museum but the view from the gazebo was great.
There is a show (poor) at the beginning of the visit.
Price : 11$ (9.90$ on Internet)
The Shipwreck Museum tour is one of those corny tours with the tour guides over-acting and telling dumb jokes that will make adults and teens groan, but kids always love.
If you are able to look past the cheesiness, the information they give you is very interesting and tells of the history of Key West and how it thrived on the business of shipwreck recovery.
At the end of the guided tour, you are let loose to look around and then go to the top of the watchtower, which gives you a beautiful view of the island.
The price is decent compared to the other island museum attractions ($11 adult / $5 child). You can often find coupons for $1 off, or buy your tickets in advance from their website and save 10%.
Step back to 1851 and discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Live actors/shows, artifacts, laser technology and a 60' look out tower are included.
Operating Hours: Tuesday 9:45am to 6:45pm; Wednesday - Monday 9:45am to 4:45pm (last show), 365 days a year.
Tour Length: 30 minutes
Can you imagine that in the time a few years before the Civil War, Key West was the home of, "salvagers" whose livelihoods depended on shipwrecks! This "salvagers" reaped from the sea but it wasn't fish they were after. They reaped the rich cargo of floundered ships wrecked on the reefs off Key West! This fascinating story is told by actors, films, laser technology and artifacts from the Isaac Allerton* which sank in 1856 off the Florida Keys. Climb the 60 ft. tower and "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, It's a Pirates Life for Me!" Great place for the young & older.
The Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum is open Wednesday - Monday 9:45am to 4:45pm; Tuesdays 9:45am to 6:45pm.
Tickets $10 Adult; $5 child. E-tickets can be purchased online for a small savings
This museum uses live actors and real artifacts to tell the story of Key West's history in the shipwrecking industry. Tours last 30 minutes and are focused on the wreck of the Isaac Allerton which wrecked off Key West in 1856 and was the richest wreck in Key West history.
Admission is charged and tours run every 30 minutes on the quarter-hour. Hours are 9:45am-4:45pm daily.
Key West Shipwreck Historeum at 1 Whitehead Street at Mallory Square. Here you can activly participate in Key West's maritime past. Live actors,laser tecnology and interesting artifacts bring the shipwrecks of Key West's past to life. You can climb a 65 foot lookout tower to survey the horizon for shipwrecks as was done in the past.
Neat stories about the Pirates and bucaneers who used to partol the harbors of Key West. Apparently, there was A LOT of money in digging up ships that sank off the coast.
Go back in time and see Key West’s shipwreck history. You can climb to the top of their 65 foot lookout tower.