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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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Now Open!



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!

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

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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

Immerse Yourself!

Sponges and Water Quality in the Keys

Wed. July 20th at 7 pm

Shelly Krueger works with the University of Florida and the Florida Sea Grant, a UF-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources. She has worked with the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on sponge restoration, and provides science-based education for Florida’s coast on a broad range of topics including sponge ecology, water quality, fisheries, and coral disease. In 2019, Krueger wrote the Sponge Restoration module for the new UF/IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program Marine Habitat Restoration. She has a BS from Georgia Tech and a MS from Savannah State University in marine science, and will present upon sponges and water quality in the Florida Keys.

Limited on-site seating and Zoom presentation.

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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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