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“Worth a look” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-294-1575
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Ranked #10 of 94 Attractions in Key West
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Owner description: Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in this for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today we operate as a museum providing guided tours every fifteen minutes from nine to five. The Museum is available for weddings and corporate events. Visit this National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by the Library of Congress for it's importance in U.S. History. Grand Architecture, Lush Gardens, Educational Tours, Book Store/Gift Shop and the world famous Poly dactyl (six-toed cats).
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

You pay the same with or without a "guided tour" through the house, so go ahead and take the guided tour, then walk around the grounds and check it all out yourself.

Visited January 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoyed the guided tour.
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“Beautiful property in need of some TLC”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Our family of 4 chose to tour this home on our own since the guide wasn't available for 30 minutes. The property is lush and extensive. The grounds include the writer's cottage as well as a kitty-cat cemetery.

The home is lovely though clearly in need of some TLC. The walls, mouldings & flooring could all use a thorough cleaning & painting. Each room has a minimal amount of period furniture however, of more interest are the books and various letters that Hemingway
saved.
The grounds are home to the vast number of Hemingway cats which are loose and meandering about. Though interesting this tour could really benefit from some updating as well as modernization.

Visited January 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you form your review. We are a little confused about your 30 minute wait for a tour since we conduct tours every 15 minutes or less from 9-5. Could you please send us details of why you encountered a 30 minute wait?
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“Not to be Missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This was a pleasant surprise in Key West. Always something one should see was transformed into a truly pleasurable experience by a charming house, beautiful gardens, famous 6 toed cats and a great tour that brought the trials and tribulations of this famous man to life.

Visited January 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you very much for your 5-star review! We are glad you enjoyed the tour.
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“Love the cats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

If I lived in Key West this is where I'd like to be. The house and gardens were beautiful. There are 45 polydactyl cats lounging around the property. It was a hidden paradise, although a bit crowded. We preferred a self tour, and avoided the big groups to get better views of the rooms and grounds.

Visited February 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and the cats.
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“A must see when visiting Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

The historic Hemingway House was a very interesting place to visit for an afternoon; as a bonus we were able to enjoy a small picnic lunch in the area by the pool before touring the home.

Even though each of the 6 or 8 tour-guide seem to have a slightly different story about the Hemingway family's life while living in the house it was still quite enjoyable and did not take anything away from this gorgeous home, grounds or their place in Key west history even before Ernest Hemingway purchased the property.

We loved seeing all the multi-toed cats wandering around or sleeping on the furniture completely at easy with all the people touring the house & grounds; rumor has it there are 45 living on the property these days.

You should make time to visit this landmark when in Key West!

Visited January 2013
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HemingwayHome, Public Relations Manager at Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Thank you very much for your 5-star review! We are glad you enjoyed your meal by the pool and the tours.
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