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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

281 Front Street, Key West, FL 30040
305-295-6616
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Ranked #27 of 82 Attractions in Key West
Type: Museums, History Museums, Art Museums
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I was surprised by the quality of expositions in the museum. They give you a good insight into Key West history (building railroad, tragic storm, development of Tourism) and Ernest Hemingway's life. I also found temporary exhibitions quite interesting. One of the best museums here!

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Seminole, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Loved seeing the artifacts of the history of Key West, Henry Flagler and his railroad, and the USS Maine. When we visited there was also an intriguing exhibit of Guy Harvey drawings of the story "Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway. A nice way to spend some time out of the sun on Key West.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The shows that appear on a limited basis are even better. Many artists have made Key West a temporary of permanent home, Audubon spent time researching and painting birds here and great art from the WPA is regularly featured.

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Southlake, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I am a history major so I love this stuff. This museum gives a great overview of Key West History. The special exhibits on tourism was quite interesting. I believe my sons found the movie interesting, but got a little bored. I take to long in museums for their taste. The gift shop is very reasonable and has a nice... More

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Homestead
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Wonderful museum featuring fresh and relevant artwork, as well as historical exhibits that document the evolution of Key West as a center of diversity and creativity! Great value for $9!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This museum will give you a chance to learn a lot about Key West and it's history. Also it features local artists. Great gift shop. Friendly staff. 9$ fee. Student & military discount.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Key West's own museum of art & history. Not to be missed. Not only will you have a chance to get insight on Hemingway and Flagler but the museum also features local artist's well worth it. 9$ entrance.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We needed someplace with A/C and found this wonderful gem. The history of the island is nicely displayed. The railroad exhibit was my favorite. I learned so much.

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Parrish
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I always visit the museum when I come to Key West. There is so much rich history and great artists featured. Amazing museum and great little shop with friendly staff!

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Tampa,Fl
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74 reviews 74 reviews
62 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Its a collection of art and information. Several local artist and sculptures are represented here. Its not a theme park, simply a self guided walk thru a museum with historical and present day representations. You can purchase a single ticket or a combo ticket as well from them for the Lighthouse and/or Fort East Martello. If you purchase 2 attraction... More

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