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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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A Cultural Look at Key West

The building itself is enough for a visit. But... when you get inside the real show starts when you see what life in Key West was like beyond the tourists and T-shirt... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hokie67
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Chestertown, Maryland

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Chestertown, Maryland
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407 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is enough for a visit. But... when you get inside the real show starts when you see what life in Key West was like beyond the tourists and T-shirt shops. There are several permanent historical exhibits that tell you the history of Key West and the role it has played in American history. We especially liked two... More 

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Delaware
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2.5 hours here going room to room, exhibit to exhibit. Learn about Key West History, Henry Flagler's Railroad, and more. Check out all of the cool sculptures around the building.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Richt now an excellent special exhibit of Guy Harvey illustrations to Hemingways The Old Man and The Sea

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is an old custom house beautifully restored with many exhibits inside. The most interesting exhibit here is one about Ernest Flagler's successful idea of building a railroad across the Keys, starting from mainland Florida all the way to Key West. It was a fantastic engineering feat and a video and exhibits showing how it was done is... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restoration on this attraction alone is worth the visit. The history of the forefathers and key (no pun intended) players of Key West is amazing. From the building of the railroad to the brothels and wrecking business, is a very interesting and amusing. Also includes a lot of history on Hemmingway, with a wonderful display of drawings with quotes... More 

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Mineral, Virginia
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Custom House (right off of Mallory Square) has an interesting mix of local art and Key West history. There are two floors of exhibits with the more permanent ones upstairs and temporary ones downstairs. There was a neat exhibit about the history of bars in Key West. We also learned about the history of the overseas railroad that first... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the historic Custom House, the museum is the best place to learn about the history of the town. They charge about $10 per person and you can spend a few hours looking at the exhibits. They feature displays about: the Navy, Rum Runners, Houses of Ill Repute, Gambling, the Civil War, and Music. did you know that Kenny... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent exhibits of Guy Harvey, Florida painters , Hemingway and Flagler's Coastal Railroad. Wonderful building and presentation.

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Flanders, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really more of a historical exhibition than an art museum. Our recent visit had an interesting exhibit of sketching visually depicting the story of "The Old Man and the Sea". Fit in nicely with our subsequent visit to the Hemingway House.

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Frederick, Maryland
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off let me say that I love museums. We had always talked about going into this one, but never got around to it. I'm really glad we did this time. I love old pictures of places when I travel. Like to see the "before and after" shots. This place had lots of them. It has several floors of artifacts,... More 

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