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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts, Birdwatching, Shopping
Description: 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 House and Gardens

This is a beautiful period house and gardens along with Audubon paintings throughout. Very much worth the visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful period house and gardens along with Audubon paintings throughout. Very much worth the visit.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The visit to the Audubon House gave a beautiful glimpse into life on the island in the 1800's. The house has been restored to perfection. The Audubon works, from his Birds of America collection, are so perfectly detailed you are amazed that they are not very artistic photography. The gardens surrounding the house are lush and very relaxing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Stumbled onto this while walking around Key West, it's a gem worth a few hours of your time. Staff are friendly and informative, the house is interesting and the exhibits (including an artist's proof of one of Audubon's famous prints) are wonderful. Go see.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is one of my favorite places to visit in Key West. I love to stay in the gardens after the house tour and do some sketching and meditating... Beautiful energy! The history of the house, owners and influencers behind Key West's growth and development was very interesting. Some gorgeous Audubon prints in the store.

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

Thank you for your exceptional review on tripadvisor. We were so pleased to hear that the Audubon House was one of your favorite places to visit in Key West! The tranquil setting in the gardens truly makes for a relaxing, yet educational environment. Please come back and see us again! More 

Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Audubon never visited this house. Nevertheless, it's worth a visit to see his prints. So glad it was preserved, as the house is historic. Near Mallory Sq.

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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 tripadvisor. I'm sure you learned about Audubon's connection to the property from our guide when you did the tour. We do try and tell an accurate account of his six week stay in Key West. It sounds like you enjoyed looking at his prints throughout the house and found... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Near the heart of Old Town and Mallory, find the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens located on Whitehead and Greene Streets. You will be so glad you did! Great tour guide to lend historical information. Splendid gardens of orchids, bromeliads, and all sorts of tropical foliage. Be sure to go upstairs to see the original Audubon prints, they are spectacular!

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

Thank you for taking time to review us on tripadvisor. It's always wonderful to hear when someone like yourself really appreciates the history and beauty of our property! We think it's pretty spectacular too! More 

Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I planned a private dinner at this venue for about 120 people, catered by the nearby Westin resort. The location was gorgeous and the staff was wonderful to work with. The gardens and house were exquisite.

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

Thank you so much for your kind review on trip advisor. We were thrilled to hear that your event here at the Audubon House was a success and that you thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the house and gardens! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

There are very nice Audubon pieces here. You get a ten minutte intro and then you are on your own to explore. So, Audubon never lived here, here might have known the owners. That's ok. two storylines here. One the Audubon pictures from fauna in the Keys with his comments. Two the house and rooms of a well off family... 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 tripadvisor. Overall it sounds like you enjoyed your tour and the ten minute introduction about Audubon and Captain Geiger. We do try and tell an accurate account of Audubon's brief time here in Key West, however we do understand people are disappointed to hear that Audubon never actually lived... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Whether you enjoy historic homes, antiques, Audubon's work or gardens, this stop has it all. The home is meticulously restored and is a lovely representation of Key West during it's "wrecking" heyday, and is a great tribute to Audubon's visit to the Keys and the birds he painted here. The gardens are just stunning, I've never seen so many blooming... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We really enjoyed the grounds and the house tour. The salvage business was a great foundation and permitted the ultimate partnership that led to the Audubon House. Save time for this classic stop!

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

Dear Fredfreer: We were so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour of the house and gardens! A lot of people made a fortune in the mid 19th century in the wrecking industry. We are grateful that Captain Geiger made is fortune back then and was able to build the beautiful home we know of today as the Audubon... More 

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Additional Information about Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

Address: 205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 294 2116
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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