Museum awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
The History of Diving Museum has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The award honors businesses that consistently achieve top ratings from travelers. Approximately 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor® receive this prestigious award.
Thank You to those visitors who have sent in comments!
Museum Store wins "Best of Florida" award
If you have yet to visit the Museum, you are missing out. Not just on the exhibits, but on the shopping too. The Museum Store, which is full of one-of-a-kind items for divers and non-divers alike, just won the title of "Best Museum Store" in Florida Monthly's 2011 Best of Florida Awards.
"A heartfelt thank you goes out to our loyal visitors who voted the Museum Store #1 in the state!" said Karenanne Gilbert, Museum Store Manager. " As a young Museum of only 6 years, we truly appreciate those who strive to make their visit with us an experience to remember."
The Museum Store carries an array of unique gifts including artwork, apparel, jewelry, home decor, books, DVDs, personal accessories, and a great selection of children's books and gifts for "future divers." Gift wrapping is available year-round at no additional cost.
Best of all, when you purchase from the Museum Store, you are supporting a good cause in the community; 100% of the proceeds from sales in the store support the non-profit History of Diving Museum.
Thanks to everyone who voted!
Museum welcomes new member to its Board of Directors
The History of Diving Museum would like to welcome Pat Clyne as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Initially hired by Mel Fisher in 1978 to caulk boats, Clyne, a photographer and videographer, subsequently spent 35 years documenting the recovery efforts of the Atocha. He is the author of The Atocha Odyssey, an insider’s look at the 16-year quest for the ship’s motherlode.
Bauer Diving History Research Library to open February 2012
The Bauer Diving History Research Library is on schedule to be completed by February 2012. A grant from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council provided matching funds to help us purchase and install a waterless fire suppression system, new ceiling fans, track lighting, beautiful custom bookshelves, storage for rare documents as well as upgrades to the room's audio/visual capabilities. The Library will be the home of a special collection of rare books, prints, photographs and other archival material related to diving history, and will be the first research library of its kind. The Bauer Diving History Research Library is named after the museum's founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer.
You can be a part of this historical project. Make a gift of $50 or more to the Library Fund and receive a complimentary book of your choice from a select list. Ask us for details! We appreciate your support and encourage you to make use of our unique resources.
Museum co-founder inducted into Women Divers Hall of Fame
The History of Diving Museum is proud to announce that its co-founder, Dr. Sally Bauer, has been selected as a member of the 2011 class of Honorees in the Women Divers Hall of Fame.The members of WDHOF are an elite group that includes the most notable women leaders and innovators in the diving community. Dr. Sally Bauer, who in 2000 founded the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada with her spouse and partner of 42 years, Dr. Joe Bauer, has been recognized for her significant contributions.A founding member of the Historical Diving Society, Dr. Sally Bauer has lectured and published on diving history and marine biology. An avid diver since the late 1960s, she is certified in Underwater Medicine in addition to her career as an Emergency Room Physician.In her various roles within the diving community, Dr. Bauer's name has become synonymous with diving history. She has established an international reputation as an authority, lecturer, and passionate collector of all things related to mankind's quest to explore the underwater realm. As President of the History of Diving Museum, she is currently working with staff to establish the Joe Bauer Research Library at the Museum to provide a unique resource for diving history scholars. Dr. Sally Bauer has worked tirelessly to preserve the international history of diving and to create a venue for the world to enjoy it.Dr. Bauer will be officially inducted into WDHOF as part of the"2011 Induction Weekend Celebration" on March 26, 2011 at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) is an international, not-for-profit organization that seeks to recognize and honor the many women whose achievements have enriched the world-wide diving community.
For more information, high-resolution photos, or interview opportunities with Dr. Bauer, please contact the History of Diving Museum at 305-664-9737.
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