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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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Private event venue - a gem

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... read more

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

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 

Marathon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We enjoyed the gardens, framed paintings, docent talk and video. The 3 story house itself was restored in period furnishings with descriptive written narratives before certain pieces of particular interest.

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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. We are pleased to hear that you found the tour interesting and enjoyed the paintings and reading panels throughout the house. Please come back and see us again, we hope you enjoyed your trip to Key West! More 

Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Was quiet when we were there. Lots of beautiful orchids in the garden. The house was interesting too! The gallery of Audubon prints also worth looking at. The shop is small but has some interesting buys too!

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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. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour and found the property interesting. We hear often that our gardens are a quiet oasis among the craziness of Key West and that our gift shop is a pleasant surprise. We hope you enjoyed your time in Key... More 

Rockford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Although Audubon visited the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas in 1832, he never visited this mansion as it hadn’t been built yet. The home that is now known as the Audubon House and Gardens was built by Captain John H. Geiger in the 1840s as a residence for his family who lived there for more than a century. It is... 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 sound like you appreciated viewing Audubon's artwork throughout the property, especially the exhibit on the third floor. Although Audubon was only here for six weeks, it's hard to believe he was able to identify and draw 22 birds during his stay. He truly was a magnificent artist... More 

minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were on a whirl wind tour of Key West, and this was a wonderful stop. If you enjoy history, and experiencing what it was like to live back in the day, this home gives you a good idea. The grounds are beautiful, and the staff has worked hard to get period appropriate pieces to furnish the home with. While... 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 enjoy history and were able to visualize what life would have been like in Key West in the mid 19th century while doing the tour. The renovation of the Audubon House started the restoration movement here in Key West, which continues to this day.... More 

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a wonderful example of an old Key West house that has been beautifully restored. the house is full of antiques from the era of the old sea captains that lived here. It also has some very interesting stories as to how some of those captains made a living by "salvaging" wrecks. The house is located right in the... 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. The story of the wrecking industry in the 19th century is fascinating and as you learned, that's how many people, including Captain John H. Geiger made his fortune. It's a great time of year for the orchids and flowers to bloom and flourish. We will pass the word... More 

Bemidji, Minnesota
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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a nicely done historical house and gardens to view Audubon's work. There are numerous plates of his drawings hanging on the walls. The house is decked out In beautiful period furniture and gives you a glimps of what life was like back then. The gardens are incredible. If you are a photographer or orchid lover you'll enjoy the... 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 really enjoyed the tour and were able to get a glimpse of what life was like in Key West in the mid 19th century. We are grateful to have two amazing people on the property that help maintain the gardens. Kudos to Tim and... More 

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