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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 #25 of 94 Attractions in Key West
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Charlton, MA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We went here with very little expectation because Audubon never stayed in this house. The number of prints of his work was tremendous but what impressed us the most were the orchids throughout the gardens.

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Prangins, Switzerland
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We did several historic building visits in Key West and this was our favorite. The house is in very good shape, the tour is a nice combination of information given up-front and leisurely stroll through the rest of the building and grounds, the staff were pleasant, the gift shop had some interesting merchandise and the garden is really lovely. If... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful home, with amazing first edition Audubons, and even more beautiful grounds with wild orchids hanging from the trees and plants marked as in an arboretum. The guide, Greg, was great. I went to this house as well as the Truman house and Hemingway's, and I liked this one the best.

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

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour at the Audubon House. The orchids and gardens truly are magnificent! It is true, Greg is a great guide who shows a lot of pride and enthusiasm about the property. Please come see us again! More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

it was nice to get an honest and short history of the house and Audubon, and then be able to explore the house on our own. The garden is also interesting, giving me the chance to take a lot of photos of orchids growing outdoors. The house is located very close to some of the other attractions. It's a nice... More 

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

Dear Chari3: Thank you for your kind review about the Audubon House on tripadvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the brief and honest tour about Audubon, and the home of Captain Geiger. Yes, this property is truly a quiet oasis away form the hustle and bustle of Key West! Please come see us again! More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Audubon House and Tropical Gardens are an unexpected oasis in the sea of tourists on Key West. Most of the cruise ship throngs are heading to the Hemmingway House, so the Audubon House gets overlooked....and that can be a good thing. The house contains a little history of the house and gardens, but the real star is the tropical... More 

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

Dear BrianN64: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor. Yes, the Audubon House truly is a tropical oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Key West. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the history of the property and our lush tropical gardens! Please come see us again! More 

Lake Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The home and gardens are very nice and well kept. The history of the family and the grounds was very entertaining. Enjoyed the grounds and the first floor immensely but due to very steep stairs we were physically unable to view the second floor.

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

Thank you for your kind review on tripadvisor. We are disappointed to hear that you were unable to tour the second and third floor of the house, but are pleased to hear that you found the history of the property entertaining. Please come back and see us again! More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
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109 reviews 109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Okay, so Ernest didn't live here (and neither did Audubon) but I much preferred this place to the "must visit" Hemmingway House. Larger, prettier gardens including a kitchen building and pond with metal crane sculptures, better decorated with more furniture and artifacts, and (best of all) no wall-to-wall crowds. Beautiful Audubon artwork of local birds throughout. This is a "must-see"... More 

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

Dear Kathy: wow! Thank you so much for your review! Certainly makes us all feel good! Short, sweet, to the point. During your visit, you managed to determine what the Audubon House is all about, history, beauty and peace. Thank you for taking the time, we all appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Newburgh, Indiana
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

This was a nice, relaxing and interesting stop in Key West. The docent was very informative and friendly as was the staff in the gift shop. Beautiful house and gardens with Key West history blended in.

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

Dear Ballpark52, thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review. All of us at the Audubon House always appreciate the kind words of our visitors. We are all about the history of the mid 19th century Key West. As a team, we all work together to make sure our visitors' experience with us is the most pleasant.... More 

Stuart, FL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is an acceptable place to visit if you have spare time, but don't defer other spots for this small museum unless you have the time or you're are an ornithologist. The house, while interesting, and historic, has no direct connection to the famous Audubon - although he apparently spent time on its grounds. The cost, $12. per adult, is... More 

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

Dear Dinerfrom Stuart: even though you were somewhat disappointed by your stay with us, we want to thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is very true that we are a small historic home, but our exhibits are period accurate and depict the life of the mid-19th century inhabitants of Key West, whether the extremely weathly... More 

Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This was my third trip to Key West, and I wanted to see sights that I had not yet seen. After seeing the Audubon House, I wondered why it took me so long to visit. Wonderful staff, beautiful house, and incredible gardens. Although I do not know much about the names and types of orchids, I really love them, and... More 

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

Dear Elizabeth M: Thank you so much for taking the time to write and post this lovely review. Your comment about the whole House being opened to visitors certainly shows this is not your first visit to a Historic Home! Unless we are doing specific improvements to the rooms (as we will be doing in February) the house is entirely... More 

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