History of Diving Museum

Some of the best things in life are happened upon quite accidentally.

On my way through the Florida keys, this sign beckoned me to impulsively pull off the road for a respite.


The HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM- 82990 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL. is an in-depth (pun totally intended) look at the meager beginnings of deep sea diving.

It is actually quite fascinating to see some of the contraptions that were devised and the inception of ideas from the “early days.”

Dr. Halley’s first diving helmet from 1691 (I don’t see the rest of the outfit working out very well…).

The first recorded concept of the hold-breath dive was written in 2700 B.C.E., Aristotle devised the concept of the first diving bell in 360 B.C.E., and Dr. Halley (as in Halley’s comet) constructed the ACTUAL first diving bell many, many years later.

Amongst the history lessons are several displays and interactive exhibits.



I swear this guy kept moving out of the corner of my eye.


If Princess Mombi was a deep-sea diver…

Of course, for you Jules Verne fans, they have a section about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as well.

Before you go snorkeling or diving in the Keys, stop by this museum and check out the history, see what you COULD be snorkeling or diving with if not for modern advancement.

Then again…. as I was leaving, a visitor was suggesting to one of the employees that they should organize a dive using some of the vintage equipment. The suggestion was taken with actual consideration. I offered that I am not a certified diver, but I would get certified to do that!

So… if you are NOT that impressed with modern advancement… maybe you can try out the previous methods someday!

Until next time, dahlings…


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