“The History of Diving Museum tells the story of mankind’s quest to explore, understand and venture under the sea.”
I’ve spent the last several years exploring unique areas and attractions in the Florida Keys, but I’d somehow skipped over the History of Diving Museum on Islamorada. How can you spend this much time in the dive capital of the world and not visit the History of Diving Museum? This past weekend I decided to remedy that.
It’s hard to miss the Museum as you motor south down the Overseas Highway. The building is large and covered in seascapes, including a super sweet battle between a scuba diver and a giant octopus, which I’m sure actually occurred at some point in time.
The museum’s collection is phenomenal, and the layout superb. Visitors are taken on a chronological journey along the evolution of underwater exploration, starting with early breath holding and culminating with the Into the Abyss atmospheric suits exhibit. My favorite exhibit was Helmets of Diving, which gives you a detailed look at helmet designs from around the world.
Even if you aren’t interested in diving, I would recommend you still give the museum a visit. And the icing on the cake? The museum is pet-friendly.
Hours & Directions
The Museum is open from 10 am-5 pm every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
They have a special closing time of 7 pm on the third Wednesday of every month, prior to our free Immerse Yourself! seminar.
The Museum is located at Mile Marker 83 on US-1 in Islamorada on the Bay Side. If you are heading towards Key West, this will be on the right hand side of the road. If you are heading towards Miami, it will be on the left hand side of the road.
Children 5-11: $6
Children under 5: Free
Active Duty US Military: Free
Retired US Military: $11
Senior Citizens: $11
For groups of 10 or more, please call for a special group rate.
The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving. They tell the international story of man’s attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. They also celebrate the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story.
The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution focused on the Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea.
The majority of the Museum’s artifacts have been provided through the generous support of its founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, who hold one of the largest collection of historic diving equipment and research documents in the world.
The History of Diving Museum is a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), Florida Association of Museums (FAM), and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).