Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is a fascinating museum located in Key West that's dedicated to preserving and showcasing artifacts from shipwrecks off the coast of Florida. The museum was founded by Mel Fisher, a treasure hunter who spent over 16 years searching for the wreckage of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Key West in 1622. After years of searching and legal battles, Fisher and his team finally discovered the wreckage of the Atocha in 1985, along with many other valuable artifacts. The discovery was one of the largest in maritime history and it solidified Fisher's reputation as a legendary treasure hunter.