Key West Shipwreck Museum
The history of Key West, Florida, is tied indelibly to the ocean. Fishing, sponge diving and wrecking all put Key West on the map. The Key West Shipwreck Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the wrecking trade as it was in Key West during the midto late-1800s. It does this by telling the story of a shipwreck that occurred in 1856. Actors in period dress take you back in time to when Key West was known as the Conch Republic.
You’ll see many items on display in the museum that give you an idea of what was salvaged. Some items might seem of little value today, but consider how it was 200 years ago. Nails and wood were scarce and valuable to the island’s residents. A visit to the museum provides a good perspective on how people lived back then.