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History of Diving Museum

Trace one of the world’s most astonishing watersports back through the centuries to see some of the first diving suits as you explore this interactive museum, featuring the world's largest international collection of diving artifacts. 

The History of Diving Museum on Islamorada traces the history of underwater exploration back thousands of years. Browse the 13 interactive galleries to see diving paraphernalia and relics recovered from the ocean floor and visit the museum’s aquarium to see tropical fish.

As you vacation in the Florida Keys, which is surrounded by some of the world’s best dive sites, you’re likely to grow curious about the origins of this increasingly popular sport. A visit to the History of Diving Museum is sure to answer all your questions about scuba diving. Drs. Joseph and Sally Bauer, the founders of the History of Diving Museum, both trained as marine biologists and became diving historians. Joseph Bauer’s legacy became a major theme of the museum when he passed away in 2007.

Follow the developments in diving since the 19th century by watching the introductory documentary. Learn about the technological advances that have allowed explorers to discover new species and document underwater environments and about the role divers have played in the military before you explore the artifacts in the museum.

Admire diving helmets from 24 different countries in the Parade of Nations gallery and see historic oil lamps that once lit the way for deep-sea divers. Be inspired by Matt Johnston, the first ventilator-dependent quadriplegic to scuba dive, an event that took place in the Florida Keys.

Find a replica of a 1691 diving bell and a collection of single-atmosphere suits. The Iron Mike and Iron Duke were two landmark developments in diving technology. Peer through a helmet to see the local marine life in the aquarium. Your journey through the museum finishes with an exhibit on modern diving technology and the history of scuba.

The History of Diving Museum is located at mile marker 83 on U.S. Route 1 and is best reached by car or on foot from other parts of Islamorada. There is free parking outside the museum. An admission fee applies. Special rates for seniors and groups are available. Active military and children under age 5 are admitted free. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. To gain real insider knowledge, call ahead to arrange a guided tour.


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84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park and Theater of the Sea. Founders Park and History of Diving Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Islander Resort $249
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    Islander Resort

    82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Florida Keys Brewing Co. and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Theater of the Sea. Hurricane Monument and History of Diving Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Hadley House Islamorada $156
      Hadley House Islamorada

      Hadley House Islamorada

      82749 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from History of Diving Museum and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Theater of the Sea. Florida Keys Brewing Co. and Hurricane Monument are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Cheeca Lodge & Spa $236
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        Cheeca Lodge & Spa

        81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Marker 82, Islamorada, FL
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Florida Keys Brewing Co. and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Theater of the Sea. Hurricane Monument and History of Diving Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Chesapeake Beach Resort $213
          Chesapeake Beach Resort

          Chesapeake Beach Resort

          83409 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of History of Diving Museum and Theater of the Sea. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park and Florida Keys Brewing Co. are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Pelican Cove Resort & Marina $191
            Pelican Cove Resort & Marina

            Pelican Cove Resort & Marina

            84457 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theater of the Sea and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. History of Diving Museum and Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Sunset Inn $139
              Sunset Inn

              Sunset Inn

              82200 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Islamorada, this inn is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from History of Diving Museum and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Theater of the Sea. Hurricane Monument and Florida Keys Brewing Co. are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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                3br/3ba W/ Rooftop Deck - Access To Beach & Pool 3 Bedroom Home

                3br/3ba W/ Rooftop Deck - Access To Beach & Pool 3 Bedroom Home

                12400 Overseas Hwy # 7, Islamorada, FL
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Islamorada, this golf vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from History of Diving Museum and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Theater of the Sea. Florida Keys Brewing Co. and Hurricane Monument are also within 2 mi (3 km).