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“Audubon House” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
305 294 2116
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Ranked #26 of 82 Attractions in Key West
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Activities: Birdwatching, Shopping, Arts and crafts
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Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West.Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale.The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials.Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Audubon House”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This was a "self" tour so you didn't get much history for the price you pay. If it was a guided tour, it may be worth it. Glad we got here, but the Audubon House needs to "beef up" their tour.

Visited November 2012
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“Awesome gift shop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Really cool items in the gift shop! We found items there that were
not available elsewhere. Worth a stop :-)

Visited October 2012
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“pretty gardens and house”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Small house and garden in the center of Key West. Very pretty gardens surrounding the house.
Lovely Audubon sketches of native Florida birds, and period furnishings in the house. Not spectacular but worth the admission price.

Visited October 2012
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“Very Pretty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The gardens are beautiful and very tranquil. The house is nice, and in stages of restoration. It is a myth-buster.

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“Lovely little respite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

As locals we often don't get to many of the 'tourist' spots. But last Saturday the Audubon House participated in the Smithsonian Museum day and with the lure of free tickets, we decided to check it out.

We loved the fact that whenever you're ready, a knowledgeable guide takes you one-on-one over to the house from the gift shop, gives you a little back ground and then leaves you to explore at your own pace. He was around to answer questions but not intrusive. The house was lovely, the grounds beautiful and the art stunning. We would definitely recommend this as a diversion to our Key West visitors.

Plan to spend about an hour here...a little more if you're interested in perusing the prints and original Audubons that are for sale in the art gallery off the gift shop. They also rent the house and grounds for special events...it would be a very cool place for a wedding.

Visited October 2012
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