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The Story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea

The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving.

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Museum Store

Open Daily 10am - 5 pm
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Museum Exhibits

Our Museum is constantly evolving. Dive in for a visit to see updates in several core exhibits.
Current Featured Exhibit: 15 Year Odyssey - Restoring our Oceans, Preserving our Heritage June 2nd through December 31st

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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 “man’s quest to explore under the sea” and the Bauer Diving History Research Library.

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.

See Schedule

Tiger Shark

Immerse Yourself! Sharks of the Florida Coast and Caribbean

November 20, 2019

Presented by Dr. Gary Rose

Florida Atlantic University


Dr. Gary Rose will discuss the basic facts about sharks in our waters. He will teach you a simple technique to easily distinguish the different species of sharks from each other – in clear or murky water.  He will also give you an entertaining overview of what makes sharks such great survivors and how their multiple senses are so different than our own.

The presentations are always FREE!

Diving Wtih a Purpose Divers

Diving With a Purpose, 15 Year Odyssey: Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage.

Featured Exhibit

June - December 2019


This amazing exhibit focuses underwater archaeology and how it has been used to understand the cultural and historical significance and stories behind shipwrecks and more.

Includes information about the Diving With a Purpose organization and how African American history plays an integral part with archaeological research and preserving our history.

Diver with Diving with a Purpose

"Diving With a Purpose Maritime Archaeology" Presentation and Snorkel Trip

November 16, 2019

Dr. Justin Dunnavant

Diving With a Purpose

Join Diving with a Purpose's Dr. Justin Dunnavant as he discusses the various underwater archaeological projects he has worked on around the world relating to slavery.

Presentation- 10 AM
Cost - $15 (Includes Museum Admission)
HDM members are FREE!

In the afternoon, join Islander Girl Snorkel & Tours for an optional afternoon snorkel to the San Pedro wreck site, off of Indian Key.
~$30 for Museum members
~$45 for non-Museum members.
~ The trip includes gear, towel, snacks, and beverages

Space is limited, reserve your spot by November 9th. Call the Museum at 305-664-9737 or email to reserve your presentation seat and/or snorkel spot.

While much has been written about the history of slavery in the Americas, few have explored its environmental legacy. Drawing from several years of research in the US Virgin Islands, I argue that development of sugar plantations and intensive rum production have negatively impacted marine and terrestrial ecologies in the Caribbean. Additionally, I present our most recent sustainable archaeology project in St. Croix which attempts to train the next generation of cultural and natural heritage stewards through scuba diving and archaeology.

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