On July 24th, 1715, a fleet of eleven Spanish Galleons and
one French ship, set sail from Havana, Cuba to Spain.
All of the Spanish vessels perished in a storm off the
east coast of Florida, near present day Sebastian. Seven
hundred lives and over 14,000,000 pesos worth of treasure went down.
Another ship, the Atocha, met a similar fate in 1622. On July 20th,
1985, following a 16-year search, a salvage team led by Mel Fisher
recovered the mother lode of the Atocha, from its nearly 370-year exile
on the ocean floor. Establishing the greatest discovery in treasure
salvaging history, both in archaeological and commercial terms.
When you enter Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum you have the
opportunity to watch as the treasure, still being uncovered from the
1715 Fleet, the Atocha and the Santa Margarita, grows in quantity
and spectacle in our recent recoveries display. Feel the weight of a
solid gold bar recovered from the ocean depths. Mel Fisher’s Treasure
Museum extends the distinct opportunity to “own a piece of history,”
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unique gold escudos or silver reales in fine jewelry settings, museum
quality recreations as well as other nautical gifts from our Gift Shop.
Admission rates subject to change. Group rates available
with advanced booking. Children must be accompanied
by an adult. Cameras welcome.
Meet Melvin Abt, grandson of the
world-famous treasure hunters,
Mel and Dolores Fisher. As a thirdgeneration
treasure hunter, Melvin
has been diving on shipwrecks since
the age of 11. He has experienced the
various aspects of the family business
and is the manager of the Mel Fisher’s
Treasure Museum, located at 1322
U.S. Highway 1, Sebastian FL 32958.
Discover, Explore & Own
A Piece of History
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