Over recent years, stress has been placed on a preference for the safeguarding of underwater cultural heritage for future generations in situ. However, is such an option a detriment to the public? Is it possible to access sites preserved in situ? Before posing such questions, it is necessary to understand what is meant by ‘in situ’, what is preserved in such an environment and the means of safeguarding it, given that the public is curious about underwater cultural heritage and the ways in which it is protected. Museums as well as new technologies have a significant role to perform in the transmission of information regarding this heritage to as large an audience as possible.