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“Don't miss it.” 5 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 #42 of 188 things to do in Key West
Activities: Arts and crafts, Birdwatching, Shopping
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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.
Wooster, Ohio
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“Don't miss it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I spent several hours enjoying this historic house and garden. As I looked down from the balcony, I saw hundreds of tourists walk by this beautiful old house without giving it a glance. There were only a handful of people who ventured in while I was there. This wonderful, 19th-century house dates far back to a time of pirates, frequent shipwrecks, and yellow fever. Inside, the light, airy rooms are furnished with antiques in an elegant and comfortable manner. Notable, also, are the many first edition prints by John James Audubon. In the spacious garden are brick walkways which meander through established tropical plantings. Guides are there to answer questions, but visitors are free to explore at will. Don't miss this historic house museum which is a "hidden" oasis surrounded by the touristy madness of Old Town.

Visited February 2013
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Eastlake, Ohio
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“Beautiful Home & Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stopped in for the tour of The Audobon House when we were strolling through an Art Show on Whitehead St. I did read about the House before we left for our KW vacation. It was only $12 for admission & well worth the price. Very interesting tour guide, was not crowded when we visited. Lots of his original prints throughout the home along with some very interesting period pieces. Beautiful gardens surrounding home. We enjoyed our visit!

Visited February 2013
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Clifton Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Although John Audubon never entered this house or the grounds, he did stay next store and based some of his prints on the gardens. The house does not have original furniture but is decorated in period pieces and it's very nice. It cost $12 to get in (no senior rate) so make sure you love it before you go! Lots of Audubon prints all over the house and gift shop. There's a peaceful koi pond in the back as well. There's a very very short narration and then you are on your own

Visited March 2013
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“Wonderful gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Lovely step back in time. Gives you a real sense of Key West in its 19th era of prosperity, and the connection to Audubon was fascinating. He gave watercolor lessons to the young girls of the sea captain who owned the house, and he did drawings in the garden, etc. There's a nice display of some prints of his Florida drawings, many of which he did while in the Keys. Great period furniture.

Visited February 2013
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Durham, New Hampshire
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“Worth visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Interesting old house and furnishings. History talk about Audubon and his work. Some of his originals were on display. Gardens were rather bleak at this time of year.

Visited January 2013
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