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Let us take you back to 1856

The era of the wreckers

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum


Key West Tours & Attractions

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum exhibit
  • Discover the world of Shipwrecking
  • Hear the story of the Isaac Allerton which wrecked off Key West
  • Step back in history 150 years
  • Climb a 65' Captain's Observatory
  • Lift a genuine silver bar from a Spanish galleon

Trolley, Aquarium and Shipwreck Package

Key West trolley, aquarium fish and shipwreck museum bottles
  • Hop On & Off at 13 Old Town Trolley Stops
  • FREE Two Guided Walking Tours included
  • FREE admission to the Sails to Rails Museum included
  • Key West Aquarium:
  • Touch Tank hands-on experience
  • Witness a wide variety of fish
  • Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum:
  • Discover the world of Shipwrecking

Trolley, Truman White House & Shipwreck Package

Key West trolley, Truman Little White House, Shipwreck Museum exhibit
  • Hop On & Off at 13 Old Town Trolley Stops
  • FREE Two Guided Walking Tours included
  • FREE admission to the Sails to Rails Museum included
  • Exciting, Fully Narrated Tour of Key West
  • Truman Little White House:
  • See the home Harry S. Truman came to relax and rest
  • Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum:
  • Discover the world of Shipwrecking


Wreck Ashore!

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view of Key West from shipwreck museum tower


Key West Museum Experience

Discover artifacts from the shipwrecked Isaac Allerton. Partially salvaged when she sank in 1856 and rediscovered in 1985, the Isaac Allerton was the richest shipwreck in Key West’s history.



Live the life of the wreckers as they fight storms to save lives and cargo on the treacherous reefs off the Florida Keys.



Listen to their tales of dangerous wrecks and daring recoveries.



See Key West as a bustling, boisterous sea town on the frontier of a young America.


Key West Shipwreck History

During the golden age of sail, over 100 ships per day passed by Key West. The waters they were sailing were well known as some of the most treacherous in the world. On average, at least one ship per week would wreck somewhere along the Florida Reef.

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The Isaac Allerton

“You will naturally inquire how we live, and the reply is very simple, by and through wrecks. Stop that and we cease to live.”

– Unknown (1840)

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Journey Back

Designed to emulate the feel of a 19th-century wrecker’s warehouse filled with bounty and equipment, the exhibits of this interactive museum combine artifacts, actors and films to bring Key West’s colorful heritage to life.



The View...

The view from the tower is worth the price of admission.

Alaryk S., Huntsville, AL

A Gem

What a gem of a museum!

Phyllis Y., Reno, NV


I am always amazed at how historical Key West is. The Shipwreck Museum has lots of interesting exhibits my kids and husband enjoyed.

John C., Alexandria, VA

A Must-Do

As a local, I bring all my visitors here. It’s a must-do!

Ricardo G., Key West, FL

Step Back in Time

The costumed docents are wonderful. You really feel like you stepped back in time!

Duffy S., Washington, DC

More Interesting than Expected

The stories of the wreckers and the Isaac Allerton were much more interesting than we had expected.

Candace C., Akron, OH


The waters around Key West are home to a vast array of shipwrecks, some of which date back centuries, from the Spanish galleons of the 16th century to the modern-day vessels. The famous Isaac Allerton, a three-masted schooner, was a part of the fleet that carried the first Pilgrims to America in 1620. The Isaac Allerton was used as a cargo-carrying vessel and sank in 1856 in the shallow waters of the Keys. The wreck was found by a team of divers and is on display at the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum.

The biggest shipwreck treasure ever found off of Key West is the Isaac Allerton, which was discovered in 1985. The shipwreck was found by a team of divers from the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, and it is believed to have been a merchant vessel that sank in the late 1800s. It is the only known shipwreck of its kind in the area because of its large number of gold and silver coins, as well as other artifacts. The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum has been able to preserve the shipwreck and its artifacts, and visitors can now explore the site and learn more about the history of the ship.

The answer lies in the geography of the area. Key West is located at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys, making it a prime spot for ships to pass through. The shallow waters and strong currents make it difficult for ships to navigate, and the combination of these two factors has led to numerous shipwrecks over the years.

The story goes that a Spanish galleon, laden with gold and jewels, sank off the coast of Key West in the late 1700s. The treasure has never been found, and the exact location of the wreck remains a mystery. Theories abound as to what happened to the treasure, and many have attempted to locate it. Some believe that the ship was destroyed by a hurricane, while others think that the treasure was salvaged by pirates. Despite the many attempts to locate the treasure, it remains lost at sea.

The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is located just a short distance from the harbor. It’s only a few blocks away, so you can easily walk there in just a few minutes.

The Key West museum is located on Whitehead Street, just a few blocks away from the heart of Duval Street.

The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and treasures that have been lost in the waters around Key West. From the remains of a Spanish galleon to the remains of a 19th-century schooner, the Key West museum has something for everyone. You’ll also get to see some of the salvaged items from the wrecks and the museum’s collection of artifacts and treasures, including coins, jewelry, and other items that were salvaged from the wrecks, giving you a unique insight into the lives of those who sailed the seas. Visitors can explore the museum’s interactive exhibits, watch a film about the history of Key West, and even take a tour of the museum’s replica shipwreck. With its vast collection of artifacts and treasures, the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in maritime history.

The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is a great place for kids to explore and learn about the history of the area. With its interactive exhibits, kids can get a hands-on experience of what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800s. The Key West museum also features a Captain’s Observatory, where kids can get a bird’s-eye view of the area and learn about the shipwrecks that have occurred in the area. With its kid-friendly atmosphere, the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is a great place for families to explore and learn about the area’s history.

Wrecking was the practice of salvaging goods from ships that had been wrecked on the reefs surrounding the island. The reefs around Key West were treacherous and often caused ships to run aground. This made the island an ideal spot for wreckers to salvage goods from the ships. The goods were then sold to merchants in the area, providing a steady source of income for the wreckers. The practice was so profitable that it attracted many people to the island, and it was a major source of employment for the locals.

Wreckers were often seen as ruthless pirates, preying on unsuspecting ships and stealing their cargo. However, this was far from the truth. Wreckers were actually a vital part of the Key West economy, providing a much-needed service to the community.

The truth is that wreckers were highly skilled professionals who used their knowledge of the sea and the local environment to help ships in distress. They would often use their own boats to tow ships to safety, and they would also salvage any cargo that had been lost in the wreck. This was a dangerous job, but it was also an important one, as it helped to keep the local economy afloat.

With so many things to do with kids, it can be hard to decide where to start. One of the top attractions for families is the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. This museum is filled with interactive exhibits that teach kids about the history of shipwrecks in the area. Kids can explore the museum’s artifacts, watch a movie, and even take part in a treasure hunt.

Another great activity for kids is the Key West Aquarium. Here, kids can learn about the local marine life and even touch some of the creatures. They can also take part in educational programs and activities, such as feeding the fish and learning about the different species.

For a unique experience, families can visit the Sails to Rails Museum. This Key West museum is dedicated to the history of sailing and railroads in Key West. Kids can explore the exhibits and learn about the history of the area.

Finally, families can take a tour of Key West on the Old Town Trolley or the Conch Tour Train. These tours provide a great way to explore the city and learn about its history. Kids can also take part in fun activities, such as singing along to the tour guide’s songs.

Duval Street is lined with charming historic buildings, quirky shops, and plenty of opportunities for people-watching and photos. It offers plenty of shopping and sightseeing opportunities, with a variety of unique boutiques and souvenir shops, so you can find the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.

The street is home to some of the best restaurants in Key West, offering a variety of cuisines to suit any taste. A visit to Key West cannot be complete without sampling some of the island’s fresh seafood or classic Cuban dishes.

You can stroll through the charming streets of Old Town, take in the stunning architecture toward the iconic Mallory Square, and experience the sights and sounds of Duval Street for yourself.


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