Museums

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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Discover the 1856 world of master wrecker Asa Tift and learn how he and other wreckers made Key West the richest city in the United States. Experience the interactive exhibits and rich maritime, salvaging history that covers every inch of Asa Tift’s old warehouse. Experience Key West from a bird’s eye view as you climb to the top of the 65-foot Shipwreck Museum lookout tower. Here discover the beauty of the island and survey the oceans for wrecks.
Discover the 1856 world of master wrecker Asa Tift and learn how he and other wreckers made Key West the richest city in the United States. Experience the interactive exhibits and rich maritime, salvaging history that covers every inch of Asa Tift’s old warehouse. Experience Key West from a bird’s eye view as you climb to the top of the 65-foot Shipwreck Museum lookout tower. Here discover the beauty of the island and survey the oceans for wrecks.
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Harry S Truman Little White House
If you’re wild about Harry, then you should add a visit to the Harry S Truman Little White House to your Key West vacation list. Built for the Key West Naval Station officers in 1890, this incredible building began serving as Harry Truman’s winter retreat while president. In addition to Truman, the house has hosted six presidents and a king and today, it is a museum of living history, events, a retreat, and Florida’s only presidential museum.
If you’re wild about Harry, then you should add a visit to the Harry S Truman Little White House to your Key West vacation list. Built for the Key West Naval Station officers in 1890, this incredible building began serving as Harry Truman’s winter retreat while president. In addition to Truman, the house has hosted six presidents and a king and today, it is a museum of living history, events, a retreat, and Florida’s only presidential museum.
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Audubon House
John James Audubon visited Key West in 1832 while working on his book the Birds of America and stayed in the 19th century house of Capt. John Geiger. The lush gardens and beautiful home showcase the breathtaking naturalist pieces including 28 of Audubon’s first edition and original works. Saved in 1958 from demolition by the Wolfson Foundation, the house and gardens now offer a rich educational environment that is as beautiful as it is relaxing.
John James Audubon visited Key West in 1832 while working on his book the Birds of America and stayed in the 19th century house of Capt. John Geiger. The lush gardens and beautiful home showcase the breathtaking naturalist pieces including 28 of Audubon’s first edition and original works. Saved in 1958 from demolition by the Wolfson Foundation, the house and gardens now offer a rich educational environment that is as beautiful as it is relaxing.
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Custom House
The Custom House, a beautiful red brick architectural gem and award-winning museum is official headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Originally, this unique Richardsonian Romanesque structure was designed to function as Key West’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. Today the Custom House museum features many centuries worth of art, history, iconic figures, and features a wonderful and eclectic gift shop.
The Custom House, a beautiful red brick architectural gem and award-winning museum is official headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Originally, this unique Richardsonian Romanesque structure was designed to function as Key West’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. Today the Custom House museum features many centuries worth of art, history, iconic figures, and features a wonderful and eclectic gift shop.
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Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Key West Odditorium prides itself in being the strangest place in Key West! It’s a museum of odd, bizarre, and unusual human feats and figures. This Ripley’s museum features nearly 500 exhibits displayed throughout the 13 halls of this museum. Two headed animals, vampire slaying kits, and torture devices are just a few of the incredible, mind-blowing sights you’ll find. It’s all strange, but true.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Key West Odditorium prides itself in being the strangest place in Key West! It’s a museum of odd, bizarre, and unusual human feats and figures. This Ripley’s museum features nearly 500 exhibits displayed throughout the 13 halls of this museum. Two headed animals, vampire slaying kits, and torture devices are just a few of the incredible, mind-blowing sights you’ll find. It’s all strange, but true.
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Curry Mansion
Home of Florida’s first millionaire, William Curry, the Curry Mansion is the grand dame of Key West historic homes. Started in 1869 and completed in 1899, the house reflects the lifestyle befitting the Curry family with priceless antiques, Tiffany glass sliding doors, and solid gold Tiffany flatware. As you wander through the home you can imagine life in 19th century Key West. In addition to a museum, today the home is also a luxury inn.
Home of Florida’s first millionaire, William Curry, the Curry Mansion is the grand dame of Key West historic homes. Started in 1869 and completed in 1899, the house reflects the lifestyle befitting the Curry family with priceless antiques, Tiffany glass sliding doors, and solid gold Tiffany flatware. As you wander through the home you can imagine life in 19th century Key West. In addition to a museum, today the home is also a luxury inn.
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Turtle Museum
The Key West Turtle Museum is a fascinating journey into the archaeological evidence of ancient turtles in the lands of the Keys. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the first explorer of the Keys, Ponce de Leon, and enjoy local lore about the necessary presence of turtles. In addition, you can learn about the conservation efforts to save the endangered sea turtles.
The Key West Turtle Museum is a fascinating journey into the archaeological evidence of ancient turtles in the lands of the Keys. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the first explorer of the Keys, Ponce de Leon, and enjoy local lore about the necessary presence of turtles. In addition, you can learn about the conservation efforts to save the endangered sea turtles.
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Key West Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters
Opened in 1848, the Key West lighthouse is one of the few inland lighthouses in the world. Guests can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the lighthousefor a 360 degree view of Key West. In the Keepers Quarters hear about the lives of the families who lived there and maintained the lighthouse. Learn about brave men and women who kept the light burning even through the threats of war and the fatal dangers of nature’s most fearsome elements.
Opened in 1848, the Key West lighthouse is one of the few inland lighthouses in the world. Guests can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the lighthousefor a 360 degree view of Key West. In the Keepers Quarters hear about the lives of the families who lived there and maintained the lighthouse. Learn about brave men and women who kept the light burning even through the threats of war and the fatal dangers of nature’s most fearsome elements.
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
Treasure hunter Mel Fisher spent over 16 years searching for treasure of the Spanish galleon Atocha with its priceless artifacts and treasures. Today the museum is filled with the gold, silver and jewels of his discovery along with exhibits about the maritime history of shipwrecking. Learn about New World courage and exploration while engaging with exhibits. This museum is the premiere location for rich maritime history in Key West!
Treasure hunter Mel Fisher spent over 16 years searching for treasure of the Spanish galleon Atocha with its priceless artifacts and treasures. Today the museum is filled with the gold, silver and jewels of his discovery along with exhibits about the maritime history of shipwrecking. Learn about New World courage and exploration while engaging with exhibits. This museum is the premiere location for rich maritime history in Key West!
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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Home to Nobel Prize author Ernest Hemingway for nearly 10 years, this incredible property is full insight into the life of one of America’s most notable and revered authors. Today, guests can step back in time and visit the space where some of Hemingway’s most iconic literary works were formed and drafted. Guided tours through the lush grounds and historical halls will introduce guests to both Hemingway his life in Key West and the over 40 cats.
Home to Nobel Prize author Ernest Hemingway for nearly 10 years, this incredible property is full insight into the life of one of America’s most notable and revered authors. Today, guests can step back in time and visit the space where some of Hemingway’s most iconic literary works were formed and drafted. Guided tours through the lush grounds and historical halls will introduce guests to both Hemingway his life in Key West and the over 40 cats.