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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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Activities: Birdwatching, Shopping, Arts and crafts
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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I learned quite a bit about Audabon, his work, his paintings, and life in Key West in the early 1800's. Toured the house and the garden. I was especially interested in hearing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I learned quite a bit about Audabon, his work, his paintings, and life in Key West in the early 1800's. Toured the house and the garden. I was especially interested in hearing how his paintings were hand-reproduced. Lots of time involved.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I love the Audubon House. It's a short walk from Mallory Square and very easy to find. The house and grounds are very well maintained. The landscaping, the flowers and plants are simply beautiful. After the paintings and prints, our favorite part of the attraction was the gift shop where we purchased three items all of which... More 

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Oakdale, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had walked by the Audubon House multiple times and admired the garden each time. I finally decided it was time to make a visit, and I'm glad I did. A very knowledgeable volunteer greeted us and gave a brief history of the house before we toured on our own. The house and its history was interesting, and the collection... More 

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Charlton, MA
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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

We are so pleased to hear that the Audubon House was your favorite historic building you toured while you were visiting Key West! Yes, this 19th century captains home is truly magnificent. Many people tell us it's a wonderful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Key West. Please come see us again! More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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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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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
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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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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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 

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