Key West Museums
Conch Train Tour
A tribute to Henry Flagler, who brought the first railroad to South Florida, the 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 located at 511 Caroline Street. See how people lived here in Key West at the turn of the century – before air conditioning was invented! Open 10:00 am through 5:00 pm daily.
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 private charters. 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 visited by 5 other US presidents, it is now a museum with guided tours showcasing some of Truman’s personal belongings.
Hemingway Home & Museum
Journalist. Author. Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner. Decorated war hero. Ernest Hemingway lived a fascinating life. Tour his house, still decorated with Hemingway’s furnishings, as guides offer insights into the American legend. Visit with the descendants of Hemingway’s original cats.
Key West Cemetery
Key West is a lively and distinctive city full of unique charm – its cemetery is no exception. Located ‘dead’ center of Old Town Key West, this cemetery houses above-ground graves with some of the funniest headstone engravings you’ll ever see. The cemetery is also the location of the USS Maine Monument and historical plots of significant Key Westers.
Key West Shipwreck Historeum
For those who wanted to know everything about shipwrecks and more, this is your museum. See movies and artifacts and 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. 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 long history. Interactive exhibits teach you about the lighthouse keepers, the hurricane of 1846 and the destruction of the original tower. Walk back in time in the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and discover what life was like for those who kept the light burning.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
This museum honors local hero Mel Fisher who, along with a crew of other salvagers, found a treasure 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 award-winning museum, the restored Customs House showcases exhibits which weave together two centuries of art, people, and events. View the collection of Ernest Hemmingway’s personal effects, enjoy Mario Sanchez’s folk art and stand in the room where the U.S. declared war on Spain.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Hop aboard the official trolley of the Conch Republic! Your sightseeing tour 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 hurricanes hit Key West, Sister M. Louis Gabriel and her fellow nuns created this grotto to 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 seems to be working ‐ since the dedication, Key West has been spared major hurricane devastation.
Henry Flagler built a railroad from Miami to Key West. Flagler Station pays tribute to his pioneering vision. 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 a railroad car, see artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.