For 16 years, “today’s the day” was the hope of treasure salvor Mel Fisher, who finally struck pay dirt on July 20, 1985. Finding the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, which Fisher estimated to be worth $400 million, ensured his legacy as treasure hunter extraordinaire. Heavy gold chains, jeweled crosses, and bars of silver and gold are among the artifacts on display at the permanent first-floor exhibit. Hefting a gold bar worth more than $18,000 is a highlight. The second-floor exhibit changes frequently—call for details. A museum shop offers a variety of pirate and nautical gifts. The museum is open daily. Children younger than age six are admitted free.