Wednesday, December 8, 2021

History of Diving Museum Has a New ‘Diving In Pop Culture’ Exhibit


The History of Diving Museum in the Florida Keys has a new exhibit that showcases “Diving in Pop Culture.”

The new exhibit — open from now through December 2021 — features representations of diving in literature, advertising, film, television, games, music, attractions, collectibles, and more, while examining connections amongst these works.

Artifacts on display include a scuba regulator with a Star Wars backstory, Van Halen’s 1982 record “Diver Down,” and a variety of gear and equipment seen in films and television shows like “Sea Hunt,” “Jaws,” and “Men of Honor.” Also showcased are vintage advertisements, magazine spreads, and other materials from the museum’s archival collection.

Part of that collection includes the museum’s permanent exhibit celebrating “Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” A working dive helmet made by Pat Regan based on the novel’s description can be seen while inside a recreation of the Nautilus submarine.

For more info, go to the museum’s website at

John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.