The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is a 501 (c) (3) accredited, not-for-profit organization existing to research, interpret, and exhibit the maritime history of Florida and the Caribbean in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, and stimulate inquiry.

Key West Turtle Kraals Videos

Excavating the Key West Turtle Kraals

In April of 2000, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum organized an archaeological rescue effort to save materials being dredged from the turtle kraals at Key West. A team of museum staff and volunteers dug through and screened the mud and muck to recover 1000s of objects relating to the turtle kraals and cannery. These objects have since been cleaned and interpreted. They can be seen today at the Key West Turtle Museum.

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Family Day at the Key West Turtle Museum

The Key West Turtle Museum hosted a day of fun and learning for the families of local residents and tourists on November 7, 2009. On hand were representatives from the Florida FWC Marine Turtle Program and the Turtle Hospital to teach about the situation of sea turtles today and what we can do to help them thrive.

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200 Greene Street  |  Key West, FL 33040

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Monday through Friday
8:30 - 5:00
Weekends & Holidays
9:30 - 5:00
Did you know that the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is the only fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys? That means we’re more than just an exciting adventure story. We’re also a nationally recognized research and archaeology institution.
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum - Galleon "Atocha"