Treasures of the Sea – Tuesday, January 20, 2015
American treasure hunter, Mel Fisher and his team searched the sea for sixteen and a half years before they found the treasures of the Atocha. After discovering the treasure, the state of Florida claimed title to the wreck and asked for 25%. After 8 years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fisher allowing him to keep all his findings for himself. The value of the Atocha’s cargo was estimated at half a billion dollars.
Visit the Treasures of the Sea Exhibit to see and touch a 3,000 lb. bronze cannon, cannon balls, and all the treasures Fisher and his team discovered so many years ago. They also offer guided tours for adults and school children.
To schedule a tour:
Address: Treasures of the Sea Exhibit DTCC, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947
Admission: $3.00 for adults, $2.50 for seniors (65 or older), $1 for students, children 4 and younger are FREE, tour leaders and bus drivers are FREE
There are dining locations, such as the campus cafeteria, “The Lighthouse Cove“, fast food restaurants nearby, and an outdoor pavilion for picnics. Don’t forget to visit the Treasures of the Sea Gift Shop which has replica coins, videos on treasure hunting, books on sunken ships, and more for you to take home!
Want to learn more about Mel Fisher and the discovery of the Atocha and all its wonderful treasures? Check out this video!