Street Address
82990 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036
Mailing Address
82990 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
phone: 305-664-9737
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Adults: $12
Children 5-11: $6
Under 5: Free
Seniors: $11
Active Military: Free
Retired Military: $11
Pets: Free

Group Rates Available
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Lisa Mongelia, Executive Director
phone: 305-664-9737
Sally E. Bauer, President
phone: 305-664-9737
Josh Thacker, Collections & Exhibit Manager
phone: 305-664-9737


Siebe Gorman in Lights by Ira Hugh Hudson

The History of Diving Museum is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to telling the Story of Mankind’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea. The Museum itself contains more than 3,000 sq. ft. of interactive exhibits covering over 4,000 years of diving history. The Museum is open from 10 am - 5 pm daily and charges an admission fee of $12 for adults and $6 for ages 5-12. Museum memberships start at $50 per year for individuals. Pet Friendly, Camera Friendly


The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Museum tells the largely untold story of Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea through its exhibits of authentic diving apparatus relative to the International History of Diving.


The Museum was founded in 2000 by Drs. Joe & Sally Bauer, who spent more than four decades amassing the world’s largest collection of diving artifacts and researching diving history. The Museum opened part time in Sept. 2005. New exhibits were continually being installed and in Sept. 2006, the Museum began opening seven days a week, offering a monthly evening lecture series, off-site lectures and mini-exhibits, in adition to 3,000 square feet of exhibits in the Musuem itself.

Research Collections

Educational Programs

Immerse Yourself! Seminar Series

Third Wednesday of the Month, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Please join us for an exciting presentation on various topics related to man's quest to explore the sea.


Lecture Halls


Bauer Diving History Research Library

Named after the museum’s founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, the new facility serves as the repository of the Bauer Library Collection, which consists of approximately 2500 volumes. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of rare books relative to the story of undersea exploration and was amassed by the Bauers over a span of four decades.

Access: Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Wheelchair Accessible




Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours