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Key West Shipwreck Museum

Key West Shipwreck Museum paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 08/04/2017
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The Key West Shipwreck Museum is located in Key West, Florida, United States. It combines actors, films and actual artifacts to tell the story of 400 years of shipwreck salvage in the Florida Keys

1 Whitehead St
Key West , FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-8990
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 24.5590428
Lon: -81.8068935

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 5
Evidence: 0
Resources: 1
Retrievals: 8291
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The Key West Shipwreck Museum (formerly Shipwreck Historeum) is located in Key West, Florida, United States. It combines actors, films and actual artifacts to tell the story of 400 years of shipwreck salvage in the Florida Keys. The museum itself is a re-creation of a 19th-century warehouse built by wrecker tycoon Asa Tift. Many of the artifacts on display are from the 1985 rediscovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the Florida Keys reef and turned out to be one the richest shipwrecks in Key West's history, having resulted in the Federal Wrecking Court's largest monetary award for the salvage of a single vessel. Also included are relics from Spanish galleons, including a silver bar salvaged from the Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas that guests are encouraged to try to lift.

The museum guide portraying Tift tells the story from his point of view as he explains how this unusual industry provided for the livelihood for the entire island of Key West at a time when it had the largest population in the state.

Guests can climb the 65' lookout tower.

Added by: sdonley on 08/01/2019 DB#:491


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During a ghost tour to this location, we heard the story of a man who was found hanging from the top of the tower that was thought to have committed suicide. The tour guide went on to explain the different activity that takes places within the building. Please see the claims below for those paranormal claims.

Added by: sdonley on 08/01/2019 DB#:1482
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3025 08/01/2019 sdonley Disembodied footsteps are sometimes often heard throughout the building.
3026 08/01/2019 sdonley EVPs have been heard and recorded.
3027 08/01/2019 sdonley EMF fluctuations have occurred throughout the building.
3028 08/01/2019 sdonley Cold spots are often felts.
3029 08/01/2019 sdonley Strange lights and orbs have been photographed.

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Added: 08/04/2017 By: sdonley
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