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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
305 294 2116
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Ranked #27 of 84 attractions in Key West
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Activities: Birdwatching, Shopping, Arts and crafts
Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by... more » Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West.Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale.The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials.Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Excellent, informative tour of an historic house that displays many John Audubon First Edition works. Learn about life in Key West in the 1800s when people battled Yellow Fever and competed to scavenge shipwrecks. Some made fortunes. The house itself has an interesting history. A docent begins the tour on the lower level and you continue on your own above.... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Eileen: Thank you for your wonderful review of the Audubon House. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and had such a nice experience. Your certainly came at a wonderful time of the year! Please come and visit us again next time you are in Key West. We are in constant flux and even as we... More

Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in what life was like in Key West in the 1800's, then visit Audubon House, but remember that Audubon did not stay in the house, he stayed on a boat in the harbour for his two-week visit to Key West in 1832, because he feared catching yellow fever. In the early 1800's (I cannot establish the... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Chasevalley: We are always thrilled when our visitors just "get" it! Thank you so very much for posting this great review of the Audubon House. We are truly the sum of all parts and the telling of the history of the Geigers within the context of the Key West of the 19th Century and the commemoration of Audubon's visit... More

Suffern, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Although didn't know that Mr. Audubon never lived here, the tour guide was very upfront, pleasant and informative. Saw many beautiful art pieces.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear katem J: Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We try to set the record straight on site as well as on Tripadvisor. The Geiger House acquired the name of Audubon, long before our time, to commemorate his visit to the Florida Keys. This visit yielded some of the more iconic bird images, such as the Flamingo,... More

New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A small space but well laid allows for comfortable viewing of butterflies, flora and fauna. Very warm and humid, so not the best refuge from summer heat.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear AEK: Thank you for for your review and taking the time to post it on Tripadvisor... By your comments, I am assuming you did the self guided garden tour. The Audubon House itself is cool, since it is air conditioned. Hope you'll take the time to visit the House next time you are in Key West! More

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Don't be misled. Audubon never stayed in this home. It wasn't in existence when Audobon painted twenty-two indigenous species of birds in the Keys during a period of six weeks. Now that we have that out of the way, you need to visit this home. It was built by Captain Geiger during the 1840s. Geiger was a well known wrecker... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear MSullivan. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. It is certainly true that JJ Audubon never slept here. The name was attached to the House to commemorate JJ Audubon’s visit to the Florida Keys, way before we were glimmers in our parents' eyes, and even before they were glimmers in their own parents' eyes.... More

Milford,Pa
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94 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited this house to see the Audubon prints. Prior to coming here I attended a lecture about James Audubon and the conservation movement. To see his actual prints was fantastic. Although he never stayed here while on the island it is worth visiting the house to see the prints.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Milford_PaMoose: We love the the fact you had taken a class prior to visiting with us! JJ Audubon's artwork is truly phenomenal in its research and detail. We are glad you got to enjoy some of his originals in the House during your stay with us. Thank you for posting this review. We hope to get to see you... More

Tampa,Fl
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74 reviews 74 reviews
62 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The entrance and house are separate, but both air conditioned which was a nice relief during the heat. You get a brief history of the home and former owners before you can go on a self guided tour. The second floor would be difficult for anyone with mobility problems, especially because the stairs are steep and narrow. We enjoyed the... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Eveana: So happy you got to spend some time with us and that you enjoyed yourself. It is the beginning of our hurricane season, so yes; the weather does get hot and humid.... One more reason to visit the Audubon House is the air conditioning! Thanks for taking the time to post the review and the great pictures. Come... More

Port Douglas, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I knew a little about Audubon and the Birds of America folios so it was great to find out a little more about the man himself. The house is beautiful, but oh, the gardens are magnificent! Coming from the tropics myself I just loved it, unfortunately it could not be recreated in the type of tropical climate we have in... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Pat R: What a lovely review, thank you for writing this.... It seems you took in everything the Audubon House has to offer. We do have amazing gardens (sorry about the tropical envy from North Australia!) and owe them to our fabulous gardeners Tim and Mik. Hope your travels will bring you back to us! More

Georgia
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157 reviews 157 reviews
31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Take time to walk around the gardens. They are very well done. There is a tour of the house which is a 15 minute presentation about the history of the house and the art work. Each room of each floor has Audubon art work. Some are scaled down but there are some originals which are large pieces. Ask for the... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Johnw: Many thanks for visiting the Audubon House. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself and took the time to post a review. There is definitely something for everyone at the Audubon House: the Antiques are priceless, the prints are awesome in the true sense of the word and the gardens are spectacular. Hope you will come and visit again... More

Lakeland, Minnesota
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271 reviews 271 reviews
79 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

First, hands off to the master gardener of this property. Some truly amazing orchids are to be found here. You begin your tour in the gift shop, (washrooms nearby) and then walk through an area of the gardens to the house with a tour guide. Excellent informational history. Tour on your own speed to the second and third floors up... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear AdventureLass: we will make sure to share your comments with Tim and Mik who make these gardens look as fabulous as they do! You can certainly feel their love and concern throughout. We do believe in letting our visitors’ tour at their own leisure, after they listen to our docents for a couple of minutes. It allows everyone to... More

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