a display of diving gear in a museum
The History of Diving Museum in Islamorada offers members of the military and their families free entry through Labor Day. HDM/Contributed

The History of Diving Museum offers active-duty military members free admission through September. 

Since 2010, the museum has participated in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America. The program offers free museum admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps. 

The program allows up to five family members free access as well. Additional museums are listed at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The 2024 Blue Star Museums program began on Armed Forces Day, May 18, and ends on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

The museum’s new featured exhibit is “Salvaging the Deep.” It delves into some of the deepest wrecks in the world and what it took to get there. Visitors can read about military operations like the first rescue of men trapped underwater in a submarine and other salvage operations.

The History of Diving Museum is located in Islamorada MM 83. The museum has 14 core exhibits plus two annual limited-time featured exhibits and a museum store. More information is at divingmuseum.org.