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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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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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 spot right in Old Town

Really lovely spot to explore right in Old Town. Guided tours are reasonable. Remember to bring your camera.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Eloise F

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Really lovely spot to explore right in Old Town. Guided tours are reasonable. Remember to bring your camera.

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

Dear Eloise F: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor. It sounds like you really enjoyed your tour at the Audubon House and enjoyed our location in Old Town Key West. We loved your suggestion about people remembering to bring their cameras and hope that you were able to take some great pictures of the... More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The house was one dedicated to Audubon because the owner corresponded with Audubon. The top floor has a lot of large prints of Key West birds drawn by Audubon. Furnishings are all of the period, but sparse. The "tropical garden" was small and had very small signs. No interpretation outside.

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

Dear PAtraveler501: We were disappointed to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience at the Audubon House. We try and set the record straight on site, as well as on tripadvisor about the property. The Geiger House acquired the name of Audubon long before our time to commemorate his visit to the Florida Keys. We have almost one acre of... More 

Fair Hill, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you like history, nicely restored old houses, and a break from the typical "Hey let;s jet ski then get drunk" crowd, stop in the Audubon house for a quick tour. It's more a place dedicated to him than really having anything to do with him, but it's a nice self guided tour. The attendants & guides are very helpful... 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. It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed your tour through the house and garden and appreciated the restoration work that has been done to the property. We think it's a hidden gem too! Please come back and see us again! More 

Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Thank goodness this house was saved and refurbished to give us a glimpse of what life was like for the founders of Key West. Although the connection with Audobon is very thin, this is explained and doesn't really take away from the tour and history of the house. Seeing Audobon's prints of birds he painted and documented while in the... More 

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

Dear Steven S: Thank you for your review! We feel the exact same way! Thank goodness the Colonel and Mrs. Wolfson had the foresight of saving the House from destruction. Historical accuracy has always been the goal of the Foundation and our amazing curatorial team. Thank you for taking note of it! Come back soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Beautiful home gives you a glimpse of Victorian Key West. Wonderful furnishings displayed with grace. The Audubon works are a perfect match for this fine home and garden. Classy gift shop with friendly staff.

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

Dear Lisa Ann D: Thank you for taking the time to review us. Our aim has always been to impart to our visitors the feel of mid-19th Century Key West. And many thanks for your kind words regarding our staff and the gallery and gift shop. We believe that the elegance of the House and its furnishings should filter throughout.... More 

Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Wow, what a beautiful home to see! We came across it accidentally when walking to see some other attractions. I had to stop and read the historical marker and get a pic.

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

Dear Pnkgirl: many thanks for your wonderful review! We always love to hear that people just walk by, see the House and our marker, visit and go WOW! There is just so much we offer to our visitors. We certainly hope you'll visit again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Key West is an Audubon smorgasbord! there is simply so much subject matter to be found here that is lovingly and painstakingly displayed here all for our viewing pleasure! This is HIGHLY recommended!

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

Dear Miguelito P. Thank you so much for taking time to write a review of the Audubon House. We think the term smorgasbord describes the Audubon House and its offerings perfectly! Whether the History of the Keys of the mid-19th Century, JJ Audubon's timeless works or the amazing gardens and Cook House, we have it all! We hope to see... More 

Pike Road, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We visited the Audubon House and gardens at the suggestion of the ITT office on Sigsbee NAS. The curator is very knowledgeable and a great storyteller. He was very friendly and encouraged questions and comments. The home is beautiful and the grounds are immaculate. We enjoyed our visit very much.

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

Dear Lena N: We have to say that we are honored that the Audubon House was your first review on tripadvisor! Thank you! It's fantastic that you found our property so interesting and the grounds so beautiful! Greg is a fantastic storyteller and a wealth of information. He loves it when people are inquisitive and ask questions, and we hope... More 

Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wonderful collection of furniture and Audobon prints. Interesting discovery to find out one of my ancestors is mentioned in Audobon's diary when he visited Indian Key in the 1830's

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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. Wow..... that is amazing that one of your ancestors was mentioned in Audubon's diary! It sounds like you enjoyed your tour and the collection of Audubon prints and the furnishings throughout the house. Please come back and see us again! More 

New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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

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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. It sounds like you enjoyed your tour of the house and the gardens and appreciated Audubon's artwork throughout the property. We think the property is beautiful too! Please come back and see us again. More 

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