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Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum, Sebastian, FL

In a rather unassuming building, in a seemingly sleepy, beach-side community on Florida's east coast, one can find gold and treasure the likes of which few have ever seen. Gold, rubies, emeralds, and weaponry not seen by human eyes in over 300 years has been found and is on glorious display at Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum in Sebastian, FL. His words, "Gold shines forever", is a saying that  is proven true and evidenced by the amazing displays.

Upon entering the facility, the visitor is greeted by a gentle lady to collect the modest entry fee and guide guests to the theater to the left. Once inside, guests are shown on continuous loop an approximately 25 minute video that spans the life and careers of Mel Fisher,  including the 15 years he and his team spent looking for the Nuestra Senora de Atocha - a Spanish galleon ship that sank during a hurricane in 1622 while en route from Cuba  to Spain. Once found, the treasures contained within the site quickly became the second most valuable shipwreck in history, in the Western hemisphere.

After the video, visitors are free to wander the rest of the museum at their own leisure. Dioramas, religious displays with incredible luster, and time lines are up first. Next, one enters the main display room that houses information on Mel and his family, displays on Spanish and French weapons, coins, personal items, and even  health devices (which, quite frankly, can be a little scary!). Ever heard of a cloister pump or a poison cup?


Finally, after seizing the opportunity to hold an actual gold bar, recovered from the underwater wreckage, visitors are directed through the inevitable gift shop. Here one can purchase actual coins, bits of gold and numerous pirate related items. Unfortunately, most of these fares are far out of the reach of Free Time Florida's budget. ...but they are nice to look at!

This is a small  place, but definitely worth a look if you're in the area. After all, how often does one get to hold priceless Spanish treasure?

For more information on Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum, click the name or go to: www.melfisher.com.

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