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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

Address: 205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 294 2116
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Ranked #23 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Birdwatching, Shopping, Arts and crafts
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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177 reviews 177 reviews
23 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a self guided tour that starts with a ten minute or so overview given to customers upon entering the home. The home itself was nearly torn down but the Wolfson family rescued the home and restored it The Geiger family and decedents lived in house until the late 50's. It was and is again a beautiful home with... More 

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Bay Shore, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had an opportunity to attend a cocktail reception at the Audubon House. The setting was lovely and offered the perfect backdrop to to an elegant evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The house was nice, clean well maintained, there is a greeter at the door willing to tell you a bit of the history of the house. The gardens were nice and it is a cool history of life in Key West in the 1800's for upper class. The admission price is pretty reasonable and there's a coupon too. There's a... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about the Audubon House on trip advisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the unique history about the house and gardens. You are right, it truly is a "cool" experience here!! More 

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fun tour of the historic home filled with period pieces and memorabilia. The grounds are interesting with a replica of the outdoor kitchen. Great gift shop with antique wildlife prints and other gifts. A great diversion from too much sun and too much Duval St.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens on trip advisor. We are pleased that you enjoyed touring the property and appreciated the educational and tranquil diversion from Duval Street. More 

Detroit, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Attended a private wedding at Audubon House this weekend. The home and property was beautiful. However the staff, especially one woman, was unbearably rude. The venue was rented until 10pm, when all tear down was due to complete. At 9:15, Shannon LOCKED the gate because everyone wasn't out, and then threatened to call the cops because people wouldn't leave. Mind... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and concerns. We take our guest's concerns seriously,and the employee in question is no longer working the events. Please accept our apologies for the behavior of our staff member, and we also reached out the the families to extend our sincerest regrets. It is our policy, after an event is over, to ask the guests... More 

Pamiruru
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Mostly self guided tour was interesting, mostly about the Geiger family. John Audobon never lived there which is a little confusing because you don't learn that until you are on the tour.

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

Thank you for taking the time to tour the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. We are working hard to give an accurate account about Audubon's stay in the Florida Keys, and it was unfortunate that you felt misguided. Hopefully you enjoyed the story about Captain Geiger, the wrecking industry in the 19th century and Audubon's original lithographs throughout the museum. More 

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Just to prove KW is not just about alcohol driven pleasure visit this and other historical attractions in KW to restore your faith in the cultural side of the American people. This house gives a great historical perspective on a local families history but intertwines it with a visit by the famous artist Audubon who catalogued every bird in US... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor. We are pleased that you enjoyed the historical aspects of our property. Touring the property truly is a step back in time to the world of a maritime pilot and master wrecker in mid-19th century Key West. More 

Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A personal overview is given before touring this beautifully restored home with all its treasures. We spent a great deal of time moving through the house and gardens. The gift shop is unique too.

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

Dear JJtravelus: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed touring the property as well as our gift shop. Please come see us again! More 

Moneta, Va
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you take you time, which you really should, it will take you a few hours to go through the three story house and walk the gardens and read about the history of the house and area. it is well worth the price of admission and your time.

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

We appreciate your kind review on trip advisor. It was wonderful to hear that you took your time wandering through the gardens and touring this amazing 19th century home. More 

Port Orange, Florida, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A nice place to visit with lots of history. The guide there was friendly and informative, giving us a brief history before letting us tour the house and gardens on our own. It was nice to stop in here and enjoy the scenery.

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

Dear Loren, Thank you for taking the time to tour the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed wandering through our lush tropical gardens and learning about the unique history of Captain Geiger's 19th century home and John James Audubon. More 

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