a display of diving gear in a museum
The Mark V helmet, an iconic design that lasted over a century, was commonly used for salvage diving and construction. This exhibit shows how it evolved over time, from Mark I, II, III and IV. HDM/Contributed

Free guided tours through the trove of sea treasures, old dive helmets and suits, as well as photographs and other items inside the History of Diving Museum, will be provided on Saturday, June 15.

Visitors to the museum between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be guided through exhibits, which feature everything from Art McKee’s Treasure Room and diving machines to underwater photography and air delivery. The new “Salvaging the Deep” exhibit delves into some of the world’s deepest wrecks and what it took to reach them. Visitors will also hear about important military operations, including the first rescue of men trapped underwater in a submarine and other heroic salvage operations.

People stopping by the museum can also bring their dads to celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a scavenger hunt, free bookmarks and take home activity guides. As part of the Blue Star Museums program, active-duty members of the military, along with up to five family members, are admitted free.

The museum, located at MM 83, bayside, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum has 14 core exhibits plus two limited-time featured exhibits and a museum store. More information is at divingmuseum.org.

an old diving helmet is on display in a museum
The ‘Lights and Sounds’ exhibit contains many lights used by working divers to illuminate the abyss. A powerful light that would have been used on a light ship, a mobile lighthouse, also sits in this exhibit. HDM/Contributed