Who hasn’t thought about finding sunken treasure? This place tells the story of one man who did. Mel Fisher, a former chicken farmer, said to hell with the hens one day and set his sights on finding Spanish galleons. Fisher hit pay dirt off Key West in 1985, when his crews found the mother lode of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The galleon had been lost in a hurricane in 1622 while sailing from the Americas to Spain loaded with silver ingots, silver and gold coins, emeralds and other artifacts worth an estimated $450 million. The precious cargo salvaged from the Atocha and another ship of the 1622 treasure fleet, the Santa Margarita, fill this museum. The gift shop seems over-priced, but then any authentic gold escudos or silver reales from wrecks more than 400 years old don’t figure to be cheap. In the summer of 2010, two guys found an easier way to recover sunken treasure when they lifted a nearly 5 pound gold bar out of its “touch” case in the museum and walked out with it. Street value? About $550,000.
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