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Mallory Square Key West Attractions

October 29th, 2012 by Mitch

Did you know that when the Key West Aquarium first opened in 1935, admission was 15 cents for adults and 5 cents for children? The Key West Aquarium was the first aquarium to use an “open air concept,” which allowed for natural sunlight to illuminate the concrete marine displays. On opening day, Dr. Van Deusen said that the aquarium was a valuable institution to biologists and students from all around the world and hoped it would draw thousands of people to Key West each year!

Well Dr. Van Deusen’s dream is still alive and thriving. Each year the Key West Aquarium attracts thousands visitors from all over the world. The aquarium teams with the world-famous Mallory Square and Key West Shipwreck Museum as some of the most popular Key West Attractions.

Mallory Square Key West Attractions

The Key West Aquarium in Mallory Square

When visitors talk about Mallory Square the first thing that always comes to mind is the Sunset Celebration, but it has so many more attractions to offer besides the Sunset Celebration. In addition to the Aquarium and Shipwreck Historeum, Mallory Square is also home to the Key West Sculpture Garden, Cayo Hueso Habana Historeum, The Shell Warehouse, Sponge Market, shopping, and other Key West Attractions. We suggest showing up to Mallory Square a few hours before the Sunset Celebration and visiting the aquarium, museums, and shops. Then you can get a great spot for the Sunset because you’ll be there early. Can’t wait to see you this season!

Jamaica and Bermuda!

September 24th, 2012 by Piper Smith

Bermuda was a very important stop to Spanish ships on their way back to Spain on the Gulf Stream. Aiming for Bermuda was essential for verifying their position before laying in their course for the Azores. With this, ensued the wrecking of ships off the coast of Bermuda. Consequently in the early 17th century, the English settled in Bermuda. These Bermudian settlers quickly began to practice wreck salvaging and furthered their searches for shipwrecks to all of the Caribbean islands!

Bermuda Shipwreck

Bermudian Shipwreck!

Port Royal

September 5th, 2012 by Piper Smith

The center for wrecking in the Caribbean shifted in the latter portion of the 17th century. The new Caribbean station for wrecking became Port Royal, Jamaica. William Phips, the royally appointed governor of Massachusetts Bay, traveled to Jamaica to recruit divers. Phips ended up using these divers to salvage treasure from a Spanish wreck on the north shore of what is now called the Dominican Republic. From this Caribbean shipwreck, he recovered the largest amount of treasure from a singular wreck at that time in history.

The Articles and Orders of Wrecking

August 20th, 2012 by Piper Smith

The first settlements of ship wreckers in the Bahamas began in 1648 by a group of religious refugees from Bermuda. They called themselves the “Eleutheran Adventures” and established their own colony on Eleutheria. Their document of government, termed the “Articles and Orders,” included regulations for wrecking. Read the rest of this entry »