200 Greene St, Key West, FL, United States
Mel Fisher and his crew uncovered the "main pile" of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, her treasure and artifacts, hailed by world press as the shipwreck find of the century, on July 20, 1985, after an exhaustive 16-year search. The galleon was wrecked during a 1622 hurricane in approximately 55 feet of water 35 miles southwest of Key West. Since then, almost four million people have come to Key West to see the artifacts and treasures - including gold and silver bars and coins, a 77.7-carat emerald and thousands of smaller stones, religious objects, rare navigational instruments and weapons - that were excavated and conserved under the auspices of the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society. Fisher died in 1998, but his family continues his legacy. Museum is open 365 days a year: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm, Sat, Sun & holidays, 9:30am – 5pm.