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List of museums of diving history?

Discussion in 'History of Scuba Diving: Tales from the Abyss' started by Subcooled, May 1, 2019.

  1. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    I would welcome some information on diving museums around the world. The big ones, the small ones, the strange ones, the private, the public, all of them.

    Name, website (if any), address/contact information/how to visit...

    In alphabetical order, first by country then by name:


    Musée du Scaphandre (within the Musée Joseph Vaylet in Espalion), Accueil | Association du Musée Joseph Vaylet & Musée du Scaphandre d'Espalion, Espalion, France, how to visit: Musee du Scaphandre (Espalion) - 2019 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor

    Musée International de la Plongée Autonome Frédéric Dumas, http://museedumas.fi, Sanary-sur-Mer, France, How to visit: Musee International de la Plongee Autonome Frederic Dumas (Sanary-sur-Mer) - 2019 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor


    MAS - Museo delle Attività Subacquee, Museo HDS Italia | The Historical Diving Society Italia, Ravenna, Italy, how to visit: MAS - Museo delle Attivita Subacquee The Historical Diving Society Italia (Marina di Ravenna) - 2019 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor


    Muzeum Nurkowania, Środa z Historia Nurkowania 7 listopad 2018 godz.19 - Muzeum Nurkowania w Warszawie, Warzaw, Poland

    United Kingdom

    The Diving Museum, http://divingmuseum.co.uk, Gosport, UK


    Dykmuseum, Kontakt - Lysekils dykmuseum, Lysekil, Sweden

    Dyktankhuset, Om Dyktankhuset – SDHF, Stockholm, Sweden


    Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, NC Maritime Museum : HATTERAS : The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Island, North Carolina, USA

    History of Diving Museum, http://divingmuseum.org,, Florida Keys, USA

    Man in the Sea Museum, http://maninthesea.org, Panama City, Florida, USA

    United States Naval Undersea museum, http://www.navalunderseamuseum.org/past/, Washington, USA [occasional diving exhibits]

    [edit: this post was edited to get things into alphabetical order and to add info from below; thanks folks :) ]
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  2. JMBL

    JMBL Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: France
    Oldest in France : Musée du Scaphandre (within the Musée Joseph Vaylet in Espalion)

    Built around the Rouquayrol-Denayrouze regulator (the one used by Captain Nemo in "20 000 leagues under the seas") and has now a very broad collection of old diving rigs : Le Prieur, Commeinhes, Cousteau-Gagnan, Piel etc...

    Accueil | Association du Musée Joseph Vaylet & Musée du Scaphandre d'Espalion

    Sorry no english on the website.
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  3. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    Visiting The Dive Museum in Gosport, UK, sometime over the next couple of weeks so happy to give you some feedback. I feel a bit guilty as I only live about 30 miles away but haven't got around to it yet!
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  4. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Florida
    Just info for an edit. The Man in the Sea museum is in Panama City, Florida not the keys.

    Not a bad little museum of your in the area with a couple hours to kill.
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  5. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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  6. Russjstewart

    Russjstewart Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne
    There was one at Tutukaka in New Zealand, when I was there many years ago. They had had some relics from the salvage of the RMS Niagara in 1941. I have emailed one of the dive operators to see if they have any info

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  7. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Although not a diving museum as such, they do have a lot of diving gear in their inventory and do have diving exhibits, check to see if one is on display. It's a good place to pass some time in any event, particularly if you are interested in Submarines and related technology.


    They even have Trieste II (DSV 1) and the Mystic (DSRV 1) sitting in the parking lot. And admission is free.

    Located in Keyport Washington USA.

  8. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    We enjoyed visiting the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame History of Scuba Diving Gallery in the National Museum of the Cayman Islands (in George Town on Grand Cayman). The gallery opened at the museum in Nov 2016 and was only supposed to run for a year, but I think that it is still on display - but I am not sure. I know that there were plans to move it to a separate, permanent location and to continue growing the collection but I don't know if that is still in the works, see links below:



    Early scuba gear to go on display at National Museum | Cayman Compass
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  9. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
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  10. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!

    A very ambitious long over due project - all the way from Finland ! Your current and future efforts are certainly appreciated.
    Keep up the good and great work.

    I have been a diving bibliophile since about 1950 and have a very extensive historical dive related library which may or may not need a home some time in the future. I am currently exploring four options - leave to my son who is a NAUI Life & PADI Instructor, SSI Pro 5000 and a active hyperbaric doctor - or sell - or donate-- but with a large fire being a distant .forth....

    Any suggestions ?

    Sam Miller, 111
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