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The Story of the Quest to Explore Under the Sea

The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, education and exhibition of the History of Diving, with emphasis on the contributions of South Florida and The Florida Keys.

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Museum Exhibits

Our Museum is constantly evolving. Dive in for a visit to see updates in several core exhibits.


Get Involved!

We would like to invite you to be part of the Museum Family and Surface Support Team. Your visits, memberships, and contributions help us to preserve the rich history of “the quest to explore under the sea” and the Bauer Diving History Research Library.

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Sponge Hunters

May 18 - December 31, 2022

Learn about the unique sea sponge, the surprising impact it has had on human history, and the many people who sought these treasured animals. See artifacts used in the sponging industry of the 20th century, from Key West, to the Bahamas, to Tarpon Springs. Get ready to soak up some surprising sponge stories!

Visit the Museum's YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages to learn more about diving, industry pioneers, the underwater world and more!

History of Diving Museum's YouTube

History of Diving Museum's Facebook

History of Diving Museum's Instagram

Every few days or so we posted pictures, videos, and stories about the quest to explore under the sea. We look forward to reading comments and questions!

If you enjoy our outreach and are able to, please donate to HDM: DONATE PAGE

Museum and Store Hours
Open Daily 10-5
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

82990 Overseas Hwy, MM83
Islamorada, FL 33036

Immerse Yourself! Presentation Series

Join us on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm for our free Immerse Yourself! presentation series.

We feature speakers from all aspects of the diving industry.

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Immerse Yourself!

Floating Battleship Museums

Wed. December 21st at 7 pm

Commissioned in 1914, the Battleship TEXAS was at the forefront of military innovation throughout her service, and is the last remaining battleship that fought in both World War I and World War II.

In this virtual talk, Amanda Carter, curator with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at the Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site, will discuss how the Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship to be turned into a museum in the United States following the end of World War II, and the continued struggles of maintaining such a massive floating artifact.

Presentation is broadcast remotely via Zoom, with in-person viewing available at the Museum.

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Free Presentation!

Diving Injury: What Every Diver Needs to Know!

Sun. December 4th at 2 pm

Understanding how decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism might occur is a key first step in recognizing their symptoms. In this talk, Dr. Charash will review what to look for and what steps must be taken to improve your dive safety. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions.

Dr. Charash is a physician who has cared for the diving community for over 30 years. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and hyperbaric medicine. He lectures locally, nationally and internationally on all aspects of dive medicine, dive safety and dive technology. He volunteers as a researcher with Divers Alert Network, and is currently involved in an ongoing investigation looking at the effects of diving and decompression sickness.

Dr. Charash will be presenting in-person at the Museum, with an option to view on Zoom as well.

Immerse Yourself 2022 Schedule 9-30


3rd Wednesday of Every Month - 7PM

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm for our FREE Immerse Yourself! presentation series!
Limited in-person seating, also available via ZOOM.

Each month we feature a guest speaker covering topics from all aspects of the diving industry and the marine environment.


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