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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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Address: 205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 294 2116
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The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was...

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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Beautiful restoration of one of the early Key West homes. Great original period furnishings and quilts, too. Lots of local history and Audubon artwork. Lovely garden, too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mark B
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Collinsville, Illinois, United States
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Collinsville, Illinois, United States
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful restoration of one of the early Key West homes. Great original period furnishings and quilts, too. Lots of local history and Audubon artwork. Lovely garden, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful gardens featuring tropical plants that Mr. Geiger possibly discovered in his maritime career. Masterful restoration of his 3-story home & outdoor cook house. But the best are the Audubon engravings & prints. Amazing!

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

Thank you for your wonderful review! There really are many features of the property for people to enjoy and it seems as though you found them all! We hope you had a wonderful time while in Key West! More 

Perrysburg, Ohio
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Audubon House doesn't have much to do with Audubon, but it is still a very interesting restored old house. There is a nice shop attached that sells official Audubon prints.

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

Thanks for the positive review! We hope you had a great time in Key West! More 

Missouri
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great historical house, worth the visit for that. Learned interesting facts about Audubon and his paintings. Nice, relaxing gardens. Gift shop is wonderful. !

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

We are thankful you took the time to write a great review of the property! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Key West! More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a short tour of the home of Captain Geiger and found it amazing to see the items depicting times in the 19th century and learning about the Gieger family. The outside kitchen is great along with the gardens. Beautiful trees and plants throughout the garden. Very peaceful sitting near the fountain and enjoying the serenity.

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

Thank you for your great review, Nancy! We're glad you enjoyed all the different features of the property and hope you visit us again when you're in Key West! More 

New Jersey
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice tour by knowledgeable volunteers and staff. Gardens are simply lovely and it is easy to get lost in it.

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

Thank you, Sophie for taking the time to write a lovely review! We're pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again! More 

Birmingham Alabama
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tours are at your leisure after a brief history shred by outstanding docents. The house has been beautifully restored although sadly the original wood floors are mostly covered by carpet. Each room has original and period furniture and artifacts that are uniquely interesting. The garden grounds are gorgeous. The gift shop has a lot of Audubon themed choices as well... More 

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

Thank you so much for the fabulous review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Audubon House! More 

Aiken, South Carolina
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this house because I am a nature lover. I had not done my research in advance and hence I was very disappointed. Whilst the house has many Audubon prints that is it. If you want to visit a Key West house to see the furniture then this is for you. If you want to see birds or a... More 

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

We're sorry, Patricia that you didn't understand the gist of the property before you visited. People can sometimes confuse us with an Audubon "rescue" or "sanctuary" type facility. The property commemorates his visit to the Keys and displays his work, and while we do get the occasional surprise guests in the form of herons, egrets and osprey in our gardens,... More 

Rye, New York
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First you will learn about the Greiger family which provides the background to an association to Audubon. How the house was saved by the Wolfson's family and restored to provide a setting for Audubon's beautiful bird drawings. The garden is lovely to walk around in too. The gift shop has many carefully selected items.

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

Thank you, Estell S for your wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed that property and hope you had a great visit to the Keys! More 

Chicago
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting view of live in a period of time and history of Audobon who visited Key West but really had nothing to do with the house. Worth the visit.

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

Thank you for your great review! We hope you had a lovely stay in Key West! More 

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