If you plan a visit to the Florida Keys this summer, be sure to pop into one of the world’s most unique museums, located in Islamorada. Adventurers, history buffs, moms, dads and kids will love it.
Dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts, antiques and photographs relative to diving and its heritage, the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is fast becoming a valuable educational resource through its “Immerse Yourself” free lecture series.
A group of highly qualified individuals is helping tell the story of humankind’s attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The informal talks are held Wednesday evenings, with topics ranging from “Sea Urchin Restoration” to “Adventures in Underwater Exploration.”
Standouts include a May 19 presentation to feature Florida Keys Shipwreck Salvor and Historian Captain Carl Fismer, themed “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Shipwrecks.”
In time for the prime summer diving season, a June 16 topic turns to “Diving History in the Florida Keys.”
The monthly lecture series continues each month through September. There is no charge to attend the lectures, but donations to benefit the museum are accepted.
During tours of the unique museum, visitors come within inches of the earliest diving machines, including a full-scale replica of an all-wood diving bell and the Parade of Nations exhibit, an unparalleled collection of historic hard-hat dive helmets from around the world. Helmets from 25 nations are presented side by side for close inspection.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum is located at mile marker 82.9 bayside. Regular daily admission is $12 per adult, half-price for children ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.