Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society & Historical Museum, Key West FL
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
Directors Message:

Hurricane Irma has pushed through the Florida Keys leaving much destruction in her wake. The museum while not unscathed, came through better than most. The collection and the galleries remained dry throughout. The building's roof tiles, grounds, and landscaping sustained damage. For us, Irma was largely wind storm damage. 

Museums plan for disasters of all types. We executed our plan which emphasizes preparation for as many possibilities as one could imagine. Everything that was in our control went flawlessly. We are coping with the elements beyond our control. The restoration of communications this morning is a huge step forward in getting started with the recovery process. 

The museum will remain closed until governmental emergency declarations are lifted. 

Hopefully you are asking what you can do to help. Please click the donate button below to contribute to restoration efforts using your credit card, PayPal account or checking account. 

The irony that the treasures of the Atocha and Santa Margarita were lost to the ocean in an early September hurricane in 1622 looms in our daily consciousness. We are devoted to protect our collections, including from hurricanes. Please be part of the recovery. 

The museum staffers are all safe and we anticipate the return of those who evacuated. 

Melissa Kendrick
Melissa Kendrick

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society is a
501 (c)(3) accredited,
not-for-profit organization existing for the purpose of accumulating and disseminating information; providing educational services to the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and preserving maritime culture resources.

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8:30 - 5:00
Weekends & Holidays
9:30 - 5:00

Accredited by the American Association of MuseumsMEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM
200 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040

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