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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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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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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Austin, Texas
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The first floor is the art museum, with exhibits that change every couple of months. Upstairs is the history portion, with a (seemingly) permanent exhibit on the Flagler Overseas Railroad and a few smaller bits of Key West history. It's small, so you can get through it fairly quickly. Located next door to the Westin; down the street from the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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Statesville, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a very interesting museum about KW history. Even has a display about building the railroad to the islands. Plenty of Hemmingway, but more about the city and area. We enjoyed our time there.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Interesting art exhibits and some history about Key West. Building was also well preserved. Gift shop had some nice items.

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ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The exhibits were intriguing and artfully displayed. Sometimes I find that historical displays can be a bit tedious but these were informative and the experience seemed fun. We spent about an hour and a half there it was a welcome respite from the massive onslaught of tourist kitsch right outside the door. There was a steady stream of visitors but... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This was our third visit to the Key West museum in the last half-dozen years, and each time we've been delighted to discover something new, fascinating, unique. We had been there only a year ago and stopped in now simply because it had a small exhibit of the history of the Waterfront Theatre where we had tickets to the season's... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 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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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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