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“Beautiful architecture, local art, interesting history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum
281 Front Street, Key West, FL 30040
305-295-6616
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Ranked #42 of 188 things to do in Key West
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Southfield, Michigan
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409 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Beautiful architecture, local art, interesting history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Price for admission is very reasonable. A small gift shop greets you when you enter. I was impressed by the beautiful architecture of this building as well as the polished wood interior. So grand! The art featured local artists, fascinating stories too. The history of the Flagler train era was interesting as well.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“This would be a 3+ if that were possible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This museum is housed in the red brick restored U.S. Custom House. We recognized the style of the building as Richardsonian, but I had to ask the ticket seller if he was the architect. I found that to be a gap. The small art museum is on the first floor and the second floor has more about the history. For us, the most interesting thing was a short film about the building of the railroad to Key West. The price of admission was right---$6 for AAA members. Otherwise, $8 for adults.

Visited December 2012
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Florida Keys
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Art and History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

A very enjoyable combination of art and history. I especially liked the information on Hemingway...quite a few nice items I had not previously seen. Flagler's railroad and the USS Maine are nicely represented as well.

Visited November 2012
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Key West, Florida, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Interesting museum. Good for a rainy day excursion. Not quite big city, but charming for a small town.

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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Key West History in a Beautiful Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Spent a few hours here during our last Key West visit. The building is a beautiful piece of architecture. The wrap around verandah features life-size, realistic looking statues. Inside there are excellent exhibits featuring Key West history including Hemingway, Sanchez, hurricanes and the Spanish War.

Many resorts offer free admission tickets or have buy one - get one coupons. Standard admission is $7 for adults, cheaper for seniors, adults and AAA card holders. Well worth the price of admission.

Visited October 2012
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