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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

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Address: 281 Front Street, Key West, FL 30040
Phone Number: 305-295-6616
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Excellent Historical Museum

My wife and I could have stayed in this place for several hours, it was so interesting. We love history and this place was loaded with information and photos. Unfortunately, we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Hernando, Florida
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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My wife and I could have stayed in this place for several hours, it was so interesting. We love history and this place was loaded with information and photos. Unfortunately, we were with friends that are not so interested which meant we had to curtail our visit. We will be going back sometime (just the 2 of us) for a... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A well restored historical museum with great local history in the center of town. Many fun sculptures and photo ops. Worth a visit.

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Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Wonderful exhibit that has you reliving important segments of Key West history. Particularly fascinating is the Guy Harvey art display showing Hemingway fishing scenes. The building and exhibit rooms are very nicely planned, with traffic patterns so well thought out. Surrounding the building are beautiful statues you will love.

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Rockford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is the building in Key West that is surrounded by all of the statues (mostly by Seward Johnson), the largest being the one in front of the building of a huge couple dancing that comes right out of a famous Renoir painting. After its stints as the Customs House, Post Office, and District Courthouse, “Old 91” became the base... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Nice place to step out of the Key West Fray. More history than Art. Very nice exhibit on the old railway bridge. Worth a pop in.

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Grasonville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Go their to see the Civil War Ft. Taylor ,and KW history. The art both in and out of the building fun.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This excellent two-story museum is a welcome respite from the somewhat carnival-like atmosphere outside their door. There are a few places from which a visitor can learn about Key West's fascinating history and this is the best one. The exhibits are very professional and informative. Key West, Florida is a community unlike any other, and this museum gives you an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We were unlucky enough to be in Key West when the weather was bad recently - very cold and an icy wind and found ourselves outside the Custom House. The statue outside is engaging (a huge couple dancing - see other reviews) so we went inside. What an entertaining two hours we had (and we could easily have stayed much... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Special exhibit about Lilly Pulitzer prints which used to be made there I believe. Old Man and the Sea artwork exhibit going up the stairs.and several other interesting exhibits all in a lovely preserved building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Some really interesting pictures and information about Ernest Hemingway contained in one of the exhibits here. Lots of information about the Civil War blockade for Civil War buffs. Loved the carved paintings by Sanchez. Folk art at its most delightful. History of the building of the seven mile bridge railway by Henry Flagler. Really fascinating.

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