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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

Address: 281 Front Street, Key West, FL 30040
Phone Number: 305-295-6616
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Ranked #22 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums

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Des Moines, IA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The beautiful wooden staircase from first to third floors is lined with dozens of beautiful etchings that tell the story of "The Old Man and the Sea". Although slowly ascending while reading each accompanying excerpt from the book may seem a bit treacherous, it is very worthwhile. The pictures are dramatic, detailed and lovely, and you will also know the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Walked past hundreds of times but finally gave it a go. Well worth it. Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea is beautifully told in drawings working up the staircase. Intriguing way of displaying the heightened adventure and anxiety as you work your way up the stairs, though challenging for those with mobility issues. History of Key West displays are fascinating... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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189 reviews 189 reviews
41 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I love the architecture of the building, and the uniqueness of the sculptures around it. Easy to spot, nice historic shop at the lower level. The museum has two floor of exhibition. I enjoy all but in special the Flagler and Pigeon Key exhibit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I was unexpectedly surprised how much both my husband and I enjoyed the exhibits in this beautiful old custom house. I learned more about Key West, and its history than I ever thought possible in a very short period. Not much walking involved, but don't miss the Hemmingway exhibit that takes you up the stairs on a journey through the... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Wonderful museum all about the history of Key West! I was especially interested in the late 1800's and was not disappointed, just so much about the train period, the coming of immigrants from all over the world, the start of tourism and how Key West even then was always known for it's tolerance and openness. Also wonderful art display from... More 

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Shell Knob, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My mother and I went in and met Sue as soon as we walked in. She was so engaging and informative about Key West and wisdoms of life. She made us feel like we were old friends just catching up! The exhibit was a great visual history of KW with highlights of local artists over time. There was an awesome... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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
21 helpful votes 21 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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