Key West Museums
Don't think art museums, think underwater artifacts and so much more.
Sure, we have art museums, but we have so much more than that. From shipwrecks to old forts to Hemingway's House, there is a lot of museum variety!
Conch Train Tour
A tribute to Henry Flagler, who brought the first railroad South Florida and Key West, the world-famous Conch Train Tour is a relaxing and informative way to learn about Key West. The 90 minute tour covers over 100 sites and shares amazing facts about this intriguing city. Let this open-air train transport you back to the exciting railroad days of the early 1900s.
Curry Mansion Museum
Browse through this 25 room Victorian Masterpiece. Open 10:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. daily. Adults $5.00/ children $1.00. Come and enjoy this beautiful home while visiting Key West.
511 Caroline St.
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-5349
Toll Free: (800) 253-3466
Henry Flagler built a railroad from Miami to Key West over eight years at a cost of $30 million. Flagler Station pays tribute to his pioneering vision and the Key West railroad he built. The 130 mile “railway over the sea” allowed trains to travel to Key West from around the United States and was hailed as an engineering marvel until its tragic destruction in 1935. Visitors to Flagler Station can walk through an actual railroad car, see artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.
Fort East Martello Museum
The fort was built to protect the island against a Confederate sea assault because, despite the island's location and largely Confederate-supporting population, Key West was Union during the Civil War. In 1950, the fort was restored and opened as a museum. What makes the museum so interesting is that it rates sky-high on the creepy scale. Don't know what Robert the Doll is? Want to encounter ghosts or hear a bizarre tale about living with a corpse? Come dicover all this and more at The Fort East Martello Museum!
Comprised of over 16 million bricks, Fort Jefferson is a massive coastal fortress and the focal point of the Dry Tortugas National Park. Located 70 miles west of Key West and known as America's most inaccessible National Park, Fort Jefferson can be reached daily by ferry or privately chartered sea vessels. Hear the rich history of this remote marvel on a guided tour and then spend the afternoon swimming on the reef with a variety of sea turtles, for which the island was named.
Harry S. Truman Little White House
Located in the neighborhood of Old Town Key West, this is Florida’s only Presidential Museum. Once the winter White House for President Harry Truman and the site of several political summits, it is now a museum with guided tours showcasing some of Truman’s personal belongings, including his famous “The Buck Stops Here” sign. History buffs will not want to miss this highly educational and fun attraction!
Hemingway Home & Museum
Journalist, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author, and decorated war hero, Ernest Hemingway lived a fascinating life. The Hemingway Home & Museum is a significant destination on any Key West itinerary. Tour the rooms, still decorated with Hemingway’s furnishings, as guides offer insights into the American literary legend. Visit with the descendants of Hemingway’s original cats – over 45 of these polydactyl beauties live here! And don't forget to visit the poolside penny.
Key West Cemetery
Key West is a lively and distinctive city full of unique charm – its cemetery is no exception. Located in the 'dead' center of Old Town Key West, this cemetery includes a community of iguanas crawling around the above-ground graves with some of the funniest headstone engravings you’ll ever see. The Key West Cemetery is also the location of the USS Maine Monument, some gorgeous cemetery architecture, and historical plots of significant Key Westers; a stroll through the Key West Cemetery offers history and humor.
Key West Shipwreck Historeum
For those who always wanted to know everything about shipwrecks and more, this is your musuem. See movies and artifacts, and even meet a real-life wrecker who will be more than happy to indulge your curiosity about the wrecking industry that preoccupied the early pioneers of Key West. The museum is located at 1 Whitehead Street in Key West. The hours are daily 9:45 am to 4:45 pm. Call (305) 292-8990.
Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum
First lit on January 13, 1826, the Key West lighthouse has a fascinating history. Interactive exhibits teach you about the lighthouse keepers, the treacherous hurricane of 1846 and the destruction of the original tower. Take a walk back in time as you tour the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and discover what life was like for the dutiful, brave men and women who kept the light burning.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
This museum honors local hero Mel Fisher whose death, in 1998, was mourned throughout South Florida. Mel Fisher, along with a crew of other salvagers, found a multimillion-dollar treasure trove in 1985 aboard the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. If you're into diving, pirates, and sunken treasures, check out this small, informative museum.
Museum of Art & History
An architectural wonder and an award-winning museum, the meticulously restored Customs House showcases exhibits which weave together two centuries of art, people, and events. View the collection of Ernest Hemmingway's personal effects, feast your eyes on Mario Sanchez’s folk art and stand in the room where the U.S. declared war on Spain. The Key West Museum of Art and History offers a fun and informative way to trace the rise of this island oasis.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Hop aboard the official trolley of the Conch Republic and see the best of Key West! Your sightseeing tour of the island includes a fun and entertaining narrative from a knowledgeable and humorous conductor. Offering unlimited re-boarding and the bonus of a second consecutive day free, you can explore the city at your own pace as you hop on and off the trolley.
Our Lady Of Lourdes Shrine
After numerous fierce hurricanes caused monumental loss of life on the small island of Key West, Sister M. Louis Gabriel and her fellow nuns created this grotto to honor and remember those lost. During its dedication, Sister Gabriel blessed the grotto saying “For as long as this grotto stands, this island will never suffer the full force of a hurricane”. Sister Gabriel’s blessing still seems to be working ‐ since the dedication of the shrine, Key West has been spared major hurricane devastation.