Museums

Rich in history and beauty, come and explore…

A visitor need only meander on foot or bike down Old Town’s charming streets & lanes to discover 19th century Bahamian , Greek-Revival & Victorian mansions.  Many of these grand homes hold the stories of pirates, wreckers, writers, presidents and many more.   All attest to the diversity of the people who flourished here and left their mark on the character of the island, making it the distinctly unique city it is.

HARRY S TRUMAN LITTLE WHITE HOUSE

http://www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com/

This historic building first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Today, the Truman Little White House is a public, living museum as well as a retreat and place of government business by our nation's leaders.

ERNEST HEMINWAY HOME AND MUSEUM

http://www.hemingwayhome.com/

Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.  Tour the home and gardens of this notorious writer.

MEL FISHER MARITIME MUSEUM

http://www.melfisher.org/

Tour the relics of the sunken Spanish fleet of the Atochia and learn of Mel Fishers grueling endevour to find and  salvage the treasure worth millions.

KEY WEST BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY

http://www.keywestbutterfly.com/

Walk  through this magical world and witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.

KEY WEST SHIPWRECK MUSEUM

http://www.shipwreckhistoreum.com/

At the Key West Shipwreck Museum you will step back into time as you discover Key West's unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States.

CUSTOM HOUSE MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

http://www.kwahs.com/education.htm

Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court house and government center. It  now serves as Key West’s only Art Museum and also a comprehensive history museum.

LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM

http://www.kwahs.com/lighthouse.htm

Built in 1847 to aid to ships navigating dangerous reefs off the lower Keys, the Key West Lighthouse now stands sentinel over one of Florida's finest historical sites.

EAST MARTELLO FORT MUSEUM AND GARDENS

http://www.kwahs.com/martello.htm

This fort, built to protect the trade route along the Gulf Stream, never saw hostile action although used during the Civil War. Today its casemates, citadel and courtyard are home to a vast collection of Key West and Key's artifacts and historical records as well a military memorabilia.

AUDUBON HOUSE & TROPICAL GARDENS

http://www.audubonhouse.com/

A visit to the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens is an exploration into local history and folklore, while the gardens offer a lush one-acre view of tropical foliage. You will enjoy viewing the works of John James Audubon, world renown ornithologist.

KEY WEST AQUARIUM

http://www.keywestaquarium.com/

An interesting exploration into the marine life of the Florida Keys.  Touch Tank, aquariums, turtles and a nurse shark tank. Great for kids.

ECO DISCOVERY CENTER

http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/eco_discovery.html

Enter the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and take a journey into the world of the native plants and animals of the Keys, both on land and underwater.  The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits.  Great for kids.