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Shipwreck Historeum

1 Whitehead St, Key West, Florida 33040 USA

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Opens Fri 9a
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  • Wheelchair
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  • Public
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  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • No Wifi

“see how shipwrecking made Key West the richest U.S. city”

Wreck Ashore! With these words, enter the world of 1856 Key West… the era of the wreckers. At the Key West Shipwreck Museum you will step back into time as you discover Key West’s unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States. 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. 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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Reviewed by
Kathleen Oanes

  • 103 Reviews
  • 65 Helpful
September 20, 2014

In my opinion, it's a tourist trap. Yes, it's good entertainment but not worthy to be on top of your list. It showcases bits of maritime heritage and some pieces of it's history. Good stuff but nothing special.

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Reviewed by
Geoff13R

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great history, and the actors put on a great show to pull you into the experience. A different side of Key West's history.

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Reviewed by
oooholla

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
February 12, 2015
Rated 1.0

Disappointing.. They try to put on a good show but it wasn't worth the money or wait.

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Shipwreck Historeum

1 Whitehead St
Key West, Florida
33040 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi

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