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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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Enjoyable and informative

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My only regret was my visit to Key West was just a one day pass.I loved every moment I spent in this Museum. The exhibits were very interesting and I spent more than an hour browsing and learning so much more than I the entrance fee allowed. I seriously need to get back to Key West.

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Bethalto, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Key West Art and Historical Society Is conveniently located in what originally was the Custom House. We especially enjoyed the sculptures that were outside. (If nudity does not bother you, you might want to walk behind the building.)

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Niskayuna, New York
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48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Centrally located, the Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum will fill you in on Key West's history, significant citizens and a host of other interesting and important facts that will help you understand and enjoy the past and present Key West. Notable people include Ernest Hemingway. The impressive collection of photographs and facts will wet your interest... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This has a very good exhibit about the Railway that was built by Flagler down to the Keys and other exhibits about the history of the area

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Mariposa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Chose to do this instead of the museum across the street. Enjoyable visit and one learns a lot about Key West and Hemingway. A little pricey and we had to also pay for parking, but that's life in Key West. Gift shop is LOADED with stuff if you need to make purchases.

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Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Well laid out historical exhibits focusing on several significant events and individuals. Learned a lot about Ernest Hemingway, naval interests in the Keys, the ill fated railway, and more.

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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Boring. Seemed to be mostly about Hemingway. Much of the information is duplicated a few times throughout. I was hoping to learn more about the history of Key West, it's former residents and the architecture. Others recommended that we should have gone on one of those "trolly" tours instead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Federal building is a brick Victorian with two stories open to the public and the top floors used by staff. Outdoors are many sculptures that have a humorous theme; indoors are displays showing Key West's history from pre-European times through early settlement, military importance in the Civil war, Flagler's amazing railroad, destruction by fire and hurricane, economic boom and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Nice walk around and good and informative place. Not much to see but good to check it out when you are in the area. Take a picture outside by the couple statue.

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