History of Diving Museum – Islamorada, FL

Disclosure: My families admission to the museum was provided.

The History of Diving Museum is located on Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Right at mile marker 83.12359218_10207170797182517_110844767_oIt is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs and history relative to the History of Diving. Our visit took about an hour. 12375902_10207170796142491_1627730097_oThe museum tells the international story of man’s attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. 12359815_10207170795782482_1641073562_o It also celebrates the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story.12375799_10207170794902460_423051537_oThe 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.

12375516_10207170793662429_1887902967_oOver a span of forty years, the Bauers acquired the world’s largest collection of diving helmets, hand-operated air pumps, armored suits, lights and other accessory gear, plus memorabilia, prints, photographs, books, film and video and have allowed the museum to use a portion of it.12375425_10207170792022388_1176561469_oThe History of Diving Museum was first incorporated in 2000 and opened to the public on a part-time basis in September 2005.  For the next twelve months, the museum installed a new exhibit monthly, opening each exhibit with a lecture and tour. The museum began full-time operation  in September 2006. 12369416_10207170791622378_38568298_oYounger children can search for toy divers through out each exhibit as well as participate in an scavenger hunt. There is no reading required to do either of these. My 6 year old found every single thing on the hunt and many toy divers.12375702_10207170794622453_1782996902_oMy kids enjoyed looking at the treasure the most. There were lots of salvaged gold coins as well as a replica silver bar. 12359797_10207170793302420_2003270932_oTo really be able to enjoy the museum, children must be able to read or have an interest in diving and someone to read to them. Our children had an alright time, but were very ready to leave after our short hour in the museum.12375931_10207170791142366_415792425_oIf they are looking to cater to children or families, and get them interested in diving I think a few hands on activities would go a long way.12380617_10207170790542351_539554224_nVisit: The Museum is open from 10 am-5 pm every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $12 for an adult and $6 for a child. Those under 5 are free. There is a $2 off coupon here.



  1. shelly peterson says

    This looks like an interesting museum and would be fun for the whole family. My son would enjoy this place.

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