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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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Relaxing *and* interesting

You could fall asleep in these tropical gardens and it would likely be a super relaxing nap. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
RunHikeRun
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Seattle, Washington
Ok if you like Audubon

obviously, its mostly about his bird paintings, very nice collection, and displayed throughout the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kderren
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Baltimore, Maryland
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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 2 days ago

You could fall asleep in these tropical gardens and it would likely be a super relaxing nap. The tour of the house is great - it is beautifully restored. And the gardens are simply lovely.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

obviously, its mostly about his bird paintings, very nice collection, and displayed throughout the historic house, beautiful gardens around the house .

Thank kderren
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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review! We appreciate your comments and hope you had a wonderful vacation!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this historic home in Old Key West. This home has been impeccably maintained, thoroughly researched, and its history has been well-documented. We spent over an hour on a self-guided tour through the house, and we also...More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We so appreciate you taking the time to leave your review of the house and grounds, especially since you hit on all points there are to enjoy! And we are happy to see you seemed to love your experience. We hope to see you again...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun and beautiful stop with some history, but was a lot less about Audubon than the name suggests. All the same, gorgeous property and neat house; the folks there were friendly and informative, and we enjoyed our visit.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review! Yes, our branding can confuse, since the house commemorates his visit, but we are pleased that you enjoyed your stop! We hope you had a lovely vacation!

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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

One of the problems with Key West in June is the heat. Visiting places like this gets you off the hot streets and lets you see some very interesting history. The staff here was friendly and helpful. No Audubon did not live here, but he...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2018

This place was AWESOME for the wedding of a lifetime. The grounds are spectacular with flowers and shrubs and tall shady trees and the staff bent over backwards to make this event one I will remember until the day I die. Everything, including the bathrooms,...More

Thank Dennis R
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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Aw!! Thank you, Dennis!! We love hosting weddings on our property and we are always happy to hear that the day was perfect for our couples! Thank you again for a wonderful review and for also sharing that day with us! It's always an honor!

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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Not really John Audubon's house but the Geiger house in Key West where he spent a week in 1832 doing paintings of regional birds. Price for the tour is comparable to other tours in the city... however at the Hemingway House and The Truman Little...More

Thank JohnS3MD
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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

We appreciate you taking the time to review our property! As you mention, Audubon did not live in the house, but it commemorates his visit and displays his work. We are sorry you were not impressed with our tour format. In truth, our most frequently...More

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Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile

Unless you are a real Audubon nut bypass this one. Most of the Audubon resources are available in the gift shop which you can visit for free. You can see much prettier gardens elsewhere and the House is nothing special.More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review the property. We are sorry you found it to be less than your expectations. As far as pricing, we are in line or less expensive than the other museums on the island and also run as a...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018

The Museum commemorates Audubon’s 1832 visit to Key West. He was famed naturalist, known for his bird portraits. Now, the entire house is decorated with his life-size paintings of birds of North America. The gentleman that met me at the front was very nice and...More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave your great review! We are glad to see that you appreciated the different aspects of the property and hope you had a wonderful trip!

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

We visited the Audubon House in April 2018. Enter through the small building on the right where the gift shop is located. Waiting for the tour to begin we noticed the items in the gift shop are high quality, well above much of what you...More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

We so appreciate you taking the time to leave a wonderful and thorough review of the property! We are very proud of our grounds, shop, gallery and of course the house itself. Thank you for your visit and we hope to see you again!

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Thomas L
February 8, 2017|
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Street parking only as the house is in a residential area.
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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
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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.
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