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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: 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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Orchids, orchids, orchids.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Bemidji, Minnesota
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Bemidji, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The guide in the house gives you a 10 minutes explanation of the house and it's context. It is a beautiful property surrounded by a small tropical garden with many orchids. The house has been done very well to show life in those times as well as the story of Audubon and his wonderful bird drawings. The story of the... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We took the full tour of the place, and loved it. After you buy your tickets, you go inside the foyer of the home where there is a ten-minute presentation of facts about the interesting history of the house, about Audubon's life, his love and documentation of birds, his notes, etc. After this, you are left to wander on your... More 

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

Dear SuneetiH: Thank you for such a wonderful review on tripadvisor! We were so pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable time at the property and found it to be such a peaceful retreat. If you know anyone that's planning on visiting Key West, please tell them to come see us. There is plenty of history here for... More 

GTA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Whether your interest is in colonial furnishings and period buildings, the economic development of the Key, tropical gardens or in the art/science of Audubon, a visit here will satisfy everyone. Gracious surroundings highlight the work of Audubon, who never actually stayed in the house, and includes various examples of his watercolour reproductions from the baby elephant folio to engravings and... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I had no idea that Audubon never lived in the Audubon House. All in all it was a nice house and garden. A little pricey however

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Afton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The venue is a good example of the life and history of the Old Key West. The home was owned by one of the early merchants who started as a salvage operator of the many shipwrecks on the reefs surrounding Key West. The building and gardens are complimented by the indoor exhibits showing the research and works of John J... More 

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

Dear John G: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor. We agree, a visit to the Audubon House is like taking a step back in time to the world of a maritime pilot and wrecker in mid - 19th century Key West. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour and the gardens.... More 

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This house/museum which bears Audubon's name was never lived in by the great naturalist. But this beautiful home, one of the largest and most prestigious of the founders, had fallen into disrepair. The purchaser of the property worked with others to restore the home and use it as a museum to showcase Audubon's study of the native birds he had... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review about the Audubon House on tripadvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour and appreciated the restoration work that has been done to the property. The Audubon House was the first restoration on the island, sparking a "restoration movement" that can be seen today throughout what is now known as the... More 

Valatie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Audubon lived in Key West and studied the birds of the area - but never lived in the house that now bears his name. It is a testament to the islanders' love for his work. The grounds are magnificant, as is the house. A special treat was an osprey sighting in the yard.

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

Dear Tarnwood2: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the house and gardens. We agree, the grounds are magnificent! Please come back and see us again! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I was under the false impression that this was Audubons house in Key West. The guide did put us right on that. The prints are beautiful but the collection of antiques was very odd. Perhaps we are spoilt by our mansion houses and antiques in the uk. Admission for the content of the tour should be less.

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

Dear LinnyDH: Thank you for taking the time to write this review on tripadvisor. We try and set the record straight with visitors that Audubon never lived in the house. The Geiger house acquired the name Audubon long before our time, to commemorate his visit to the Florida Keys. We hope you enjoyed the extensive collection of Audubon's prints throughout... More 

Westminster, MD
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Audubon House located in Key West houses many of the originals of Audubon’s bird prints. A guide greets you upon entry and gives a brief overview. From there it is self-guided with information shared on storyboards beside each exhibit throughout the three story building. Photos, but not flash, were allowed. Outside are perfectly kept gardens which surround the property.... 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 enjoyed your tour of the house and gardens. It was wonderful to hear that you took time to read the storyboards throughout the house and admire the original Audubon prints. The gardens are an added attraction along with all of the beautiful orchids, which... More 

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