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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
305 294 1575
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Ranked #14 of 84 attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in this for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today we operate as a museum... more » Owner description: Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in this for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today we operate as a museum providing guided tours every fifteen minutes from nine to five. The Museum is available for weddings and corporate events. Visit this National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by the Library of Congress for it's importance in U.S. History. Grand Architecture, Lush Gardens, Educational Tours, Book Store/Gift Shop and the world famous Poly dactyl (six-toed cats). « less
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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146 reviews 146 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The house is Nice, well decorated old Key West. The price to view it is high. The walk thru is short. You do it once for the history, then you walk by it from the street and take a photo after that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The history, the location, the cats. I like bringing visitors here, it is so interesting. When I first visited some 20 years ago it had the tidal saltwater pool, now it is modern and gets water pumped in.

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Decatur, IL
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is such a beautiful home. We were lucky enough to be able to take a guided tour (included in admission). I was glad that we did, because, while it is beautiful to stroll through this gem of a home, much history and many interesting stories were shared on the tour. Lots of cats....most of them friendly. There is a... More

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I was truly disappointed with the state of the house itself. The lines to get in are always long and the house is full of visitors. The house also hosts private events. The cruise ships alone could probably keep the house open. Hemingway House has to be one of the top attractions in Key West. I just do not understand... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide was excellent; energetic and knowledgable but the house was hot - no air conditioning. We enjoyed the side stories told during the tour about Hemingway. We went early and the group was small but would have been better if it was smaller. We just loved all the cats on the property!!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Not only am I an Ernest fan and have been coming here for years, we also decided to have our wedding here. It was perfect, amazing staff, everything was set up so beautifully that we didn't need a ton of flowers or décor because it was already so perfect

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Ernest Hemingway's presence lingers in this most iconic of Key West homes, from the 6-toed descendents of his special cat to the genuine fan-cooled atmosphere in the rooms, themselves - a pre-A/C glimpse of what it was like in this tropical town. Through enthusiastic and well-read docents, we learned more about EH than we ever knew and both the exhibits... More

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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your outstanding 5-star review!!! We are glad you enjoyed your visit here and found the exhibits and gardens to be inviting and interesting. Being from Atlanta you may know that the builder of the Hemingway home, Asa Tift, had family that founded both Albany and Tifton, Georgia. It is great to have that connection with... More

Orange Park, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The house is nice and the tour guide was knowledgeable. But everyone knows that the cats are the stars. Even they knew it. They posed for pictures, stretching out a paw to give you an opportunity to count their digits.

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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your outstanding 5-star review!!! We are glad to hear that you had a knowledgeable tour guide and found that the cats are the stars! Great to see our fellow Floridians out exploring the wonderful cities in this fantastic state. I see that there is a Hemingway floor plan for the homes built at Forest Hammock... More

Brussels, Belgium
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A must-see when in Key West. You get to walk freely through Hemingway's house and studio. There are free tours that are recommendable because the guides will draw your attention to details and tell you lots of small anecdotes. Children will love the 6-toed cats.

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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much Hans for your excellent 4-star review! We are glad you enjoyed the guided tour and your visit here. As you probably know Hemingway spent time in Belgium. In Belgium at Baily Bridge in 1944 Hemingway, Pelkey, and their little band, plus General Lanham and a forward reconnaissance unit of his 22nd, were in the Belgian town... More

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Hemingway House was very interesting, but children will be bored. My teenagers were not impressed even though they read Hemingway in school. This is where one of the greatest authors and personalities of the 20th century lived and worked. His life in Key West is legendary. I was in awe being in the same room where he wrote The... More

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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much Alan form your excellent 4-star review! We do receive numerous positive reviews from families commenting on how much their children loved exploring the gardens and counting cats. Glad you enjoyed your peek into Hemingway's writing studio. More

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