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​​​​​​​​​Key West Turtle Museum

200 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-294-0209
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Ranked #57 of 82 Attractions in Key West
Type: Museums
Description: The only Sea Turtle museum in the world.
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Waterford, Michigan
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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was an interesting place to visit, lots of old pictures and some history of the turtle cannery that used to operate out of the area. I rather enjoy things like this because it gives you get a feel for what the Old Key West was like and shows you the hard work that went into making it the place... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Really? We walked here today because the posted hours were Tuesday 10a-5p. Yup, it was Tuesday and it was noon, but they weren't open. Don't ask at the Turtle Kraal bar either. Even though they were very nice, they didn't know.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Today was my second time in the museum...that should tell you enough! This is an absolute treasure... You get out of it what you put in. Make sure to ask the man running it every question you have he is very knowledgeable and incredibly entertaining. This is must see in key west! Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours... More

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Sylacauga, Alabama
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227 reviews 227 reviews
24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

it's a small, free museum. does a good job of illustrating the plight of sea turtles and how key west played a role. however, the guy in the museum seemed to be more focused on promoting himself, his book, and a possible movie about his book than he did the turtles.

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Dacula, Georgia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We adored this little museum and the man that runs it. He gave great information, sang and played his guitar, and used slapstick humor. We enjoyed the time with him very much. The museum was very interesting. Took about 30 minutes to wander through it. And it was free. Great find!

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New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

Take a walk over and check this out. It's very interesting and the man there (Rick) is very knowledgeable and helpful. Definately worth a look.

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McDonough, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Loved this. One of my husbands favorite moments in his life. We stumbled across this museum after eating at Schooners for breakfast (which was fabulous by the way). The gentleman working in the museum was so nice, funny and musical. My husband was admiring his instruments and the man asked him if he wanted to play. Me and my girls... More

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Cocoa Beach,Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stumbled on this museum by accident, but it was a great find. It goes through the history of green turtle fishing and processing done in the Keys till about 50 years ago. The docent was very informative and even sang a couple of songs. I would recommend it. It takes about thirty minutes to look at everything and it... More

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Washington DC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Has passed by many times but never gone in. Turns out "kraals" means a pen and they used to keep green turtles in pens waiting to be made into soup (no more of course since our ancestors enjoyed too much soup and the turtles are now endangered!). Lots of history on the turtle trade and some archeological artifacts.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Me and my friend where eating at turtle kraals resterant. We walked over found it was free. Was very interesting.

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