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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
+1 305-294-2116
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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.
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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6522
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Audubon House is across the street from Mel fisher's. Just keep in mind, Audubon did not live here, although his works are on the walls. There is a docent on the ground floor to give you the history of the home. The 2nd & 3rd...More

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful air conditioned interiors. Lush tropical gardens. Interesting shop. Good selection of Audubon prints.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The home and gardens alone are worth the entry price, but the historical artifacts artwork, and refences are a hidden gem that needs to be seen to be believed. There is a historical residence with a short tour that explains a lot, most of all...More

Thank wmerry2016
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for leaving a perfect review and explanation of the property and grounds! We appreciate you taking the time and hope you enjoyed your Key West visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house was owned by a collector of Audobon's drawings, many of which are on display. You can see what a wealthy wrecker's home looked like, as well as learn about the island's history and view Audobon's drawing. Probably worth the entry free, but my...More

Thank Liz W
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry that you ended up confused as to the Audubon connection to the property. The former owner of the home was not a collector of Audubon's work, but a master wrecker here in Key West. The connection is Audubon using a branch of...More

Reviewed June 14, 2017

While the house was beautiful and very well done it really had nothing to do with Audubon. Yes they did have a good number of his prints exhibited but he never lived, painted or even was to the house. Yes he did use one of...More

Thank Kevin C
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry the house didn't meet your expectations regarding the Audubon history. Most true Audubon fans know that he didn't live in Key West, but his visit was important in that he documented 22 new birds, some being the most iconic pieces he ever...More

Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

We didn't expect to visit but when we did a very kind man at the gift shop led the way and when I mentioned my son is writing a book and is quite a 9 year old naturalist, after the tour he had a book...More

Thank Riley R
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you and your son enjoyed the property! It's wonderful to see kids interested in nature and history as well. Thank you so much for the lovely review and we hope to see you back here some day!

Reviewed June 1, 2017

A pricey tour that wasn't worth it . He never even lived there or painted in the gardens! Take a walk around the outside it is pretty.More

Thank tobybof2000
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

We're sorry to hear the property didn't meet your expectations. As most who research the property in advance find out, Audubon did not live in the house, but visited the island. There is a connection to the property through one of his paintings, and we...More

Reviewed May 29, 2017

This place was an interesting combination. It's a historical house, and (rather unrelated) it is a museum in honor of Audubon. The two are not very well related, as the tour guide admitted. There is some evidence that Audubon visited the site, but that's not...More

Thank Matthew G
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

Thank you for leaving a positive review of the museum! Yes, the Audubon connection is less than most expect, but it was used as an excuse to preserve the property and to commemorate his visit to the Keys. We are happy you enjoyed his work...More

Reviewed May 29, 2017

If you're in the mood for touring another beautiful historic home in Old Town, the Audubon House is much less crowded than the Hemingway Home, and just as full of history. The gardens are cool and lovely, and you can spend time in the house...More

Thank nancyolah
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

Thank you for your review of the property! We are always happy to hear that people are enjoying historic Key West, and experiencing the different homes and museums. We're glad you enjoyed our relaxed pace and hope you had a lovely trip!

Reviewed May 29, 2017

We have had quite a few visits to Key West and as we walked by Audubon House recently finally chose to come in. We were familar with and admired Audubon's work but were surprised his output was as massive as it was. We enjoyed your...More

Thank Mike V
AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

We are so pleased you decided to stop in and see us on this visit! And yes, he was an amazingly prolific artist, and it does surprise quite a few people when they realize all he accomplished. Thank you for sharing your review and we...More

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Thomas L
February 8, 2017|
Response from Rhonda123itsme | Reviewed this property |
Street parking only as the house is in a residential area.
February 7, 2017|
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Response from ctgama | Reviewed this property |
Hi Valerie! I'm so excited for you. This was my first trip to Key West and I loved every minute. There are so many things to do. Most are walking distance which shouldn't be a problem if you are used to NYC walking. Remember... More
July 12, 2015|
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Response from AudubonHouse | Property representative |
Our admission rate is $12.00 for adults, $7.50 for students and $5.00 for children. Admission is free for children 6 and under.