The Mel Fisher Museum in Key West is chock full of important items from the life of a famous and great man. Both a tribute the history of diving and salvaging and homage to the man who made his dreams come true, the Mel Fisher Museum is worth a visit for just about anyone. It’s one of the few Key West attractions that is not a tourist trap but rather offers a glimpse into real Key West history and culture.
The life of Mel Fisher is a great story that’s been told many times by many people, including folks at major national magazines and television shows. He was always a celebrity in the diving and salvaging world, but he became famous to the rest of the world in the early 1908s when he discovered the Atocha, a Spanish galleon full of gold and silver and other treasures, that went down in 1622.
The story of Mel Fisher goes beyond treasure hunting, however. There are several dramas that occurred throughout his life which make his successes bittersweet in some ways. There’s also a epic struggle against the State of Florida over ownership of the treasures he found.
Visitors to the Mel Fisher Museum come away with a sense of admiration and respect for a great man who has become a local hero. In his famous words Save the Day, Mel exhibited the kind of perseverance and human spirit that anyone can recognize as the mark of a great man.