The History of Diving Museum is proud to announce the ongoing success of the Museum in Motion program. Opening a new chapter in the international story of humanity’s attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea, our Museum in Motion allows the treasures of the deep to set sail beyond the Museum exhibits and out to the public.
Spurred on by shrinking field-trip budgets across the educational landscape, Museum in Motion launched as a pilot program last year with the aid of grants from the Hazelbaker Foundation and Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. With their help, HDM was able to bring the world of diving to over a dozen schools throughout the Keys and south Florida. We are thankful to continue the effort through fundraising and the generous support of our members.
In an effort to bring the rich history of diving to new horizons, this portable iteration of the museum covers a wide, rotating range of topics. Talks such as “The South Florida Connection” bring the story of William Beebe, the Father of Marine Biology, to life. Students have a chance to don replicas of the same famous Miller Dunn “divinhood” open bottom helmet that Beebe used, which was made in Miami Florida. They also learned how divers communicated to surface tenders through a variety of rope pulls, notifying the support team what was needed below. “Into the Deep” illuminates the history of the first deep-sea vessel traveling a half mile underwater and teaches about fish identification. “Living Underwater” brings the day-to-day nuances of subsea living in underwater habitats to life and helps participants understand the relationship of a healthy ocean to a healthy planet. Presentations typically last an hour, and feature interactive demonstrations and artifacts, as well as one of the many dive helmets in the museum’s collection for a unique and memorable photo op.
The Museum in Motion traveling platform is suitable for all ages and can add an extraordinary touch beyond the classroom as well! The programs are available for private events and fundraisers. For more information contact Lisa Mongelia, Executive Director, for rates and availability at Director@DivingMuseum.org or 305-664-9737.
If you’re unable to catch one of the Mobile Museum’s presentations, there are other ways to experience a glimpse into the adventures of the deep. Visit one of our historical artifacts out on loan! Diving helmets can be seen at the Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, the Shipwreck Museum in Key West and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition, a full Jake suit and air pump are on display at the Florida Aquarium Encounters in Marathon.
The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to “The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea”. open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit our website at www.divingmuseum.org. Stay connected by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.