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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

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Address: 205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 294 2116
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The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was...

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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Beautiful spot to hideaway

The grounds of the Audubon are beautifully preserved, and the shade from the large trees keeps the property cool even in the heat of summer. The home has been upgraded with a/c... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The grounds of the Audubon are beautifully preserved, and the shade from the large trees keeps the property cool even in the heat of summer. The home has been upgraded with a/c which made our tour leisurely and enjoyable. The collection of original works along with beautifully preserved furniture is definitely worth the price of admission. The gift shop has... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! It's always good to see people really enjoying all aspects of the house and garden, as well as the gift shop and gallery. We hope you had a great vacation and hope to see you back in Key West! More 

Ivanhoe, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The house tour was well done. There is an introduction by a docent, then the house is open for touring at one's leisure. The Audubon prints are truly beautiful. The best part of the house are the gardens. There are many endangered plants included in this lush oasis and the plants are well identified. Don't miss this.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave an excellent review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit, particularly the gardens. We are very proud of them and our gardener always appreciates the compliments! We hope you had a great stay in Key West and that we see you again! More 

North Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think I have passed by the Audubon House on several visits to Key West. This time we stopped. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the house. The house reflects the elegance and comfortable living of a master ship wrecker. The gardens were interesting with many exotic plants and trees.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! We're so glad you made it through the property on this trip and we hope you had a great vacation! Thank you for taking the time to review the house! More 

Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a historically worthwhile visit. However, the historical marker is not correct in some aspects, but it was not placed by the owners and should be replaced by the agency that produced it. Audubon was here before the house was built, but his use of the gardens that preceded it is significant. (He stayed across the street during his... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to the property! And yes, while Audubon never stayed in the house, only next door, the connection to the property is significant. Thank you for giving us a great review and we hope to see you in Key West again! More 

Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting tour. They have a video upstairs of the grand nephew telling family stories, pretty funny. Enjoyed the tropical gardens with a lot of orchids mounted to the trees.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave an excellent review! Yes, that video is a hit with most of our guests as it seems to add a personal touch! We hope you had a great vacation! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Visiting the Audubon House was a perfect way to break up a hot day walking around Key West. The gardens are beautiful and had so many plant varieties, with helpful signs, that I had never seen or heard of before. Inside, the house is beautiful and the guide gave a very interesting and informative introduction. The rest is self-guided. The... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving such a thorough and great review of our property. It is a lovely little oasis on a hot day (particularly with the a/c!) and we are glad you took your time and enjoyed it. We hope you had a wonderful vacation! More 

Montoursville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We decided to tour here because of an impending storm. Thank you Mother Nature. The house is beautifully restored and very interesting. The big surprise is that there is an acre of land with gorgeous gardens to walk around. This would be a beautiful spot for a wedding.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Yes, Mother Nature can be a museum's friend! Haha! We are glad we could not only keep you dry but that you enjoyed the property as well! And yes, we hold many events in our gardens, they provide a perfect backdrop for any wedding or celebration and we are lucky to take part in those special days! We hope you... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I absolutely LOVED this property. Not only was it immaculately kept, but the guide at the beginning of the tour gave you a good summation of the home's history without boring you to death. After the brief introduction, you were free to roam around the home at your leisure. Unlike the Hemingway Home, the Audubon House had many rooms that... More 

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review, Brittany! We are happy you enjoyed the property as a whole. There is something for most people here and we love that you were impressed by it all! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Gulf Breeze, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We learned why it's called Audubon House. Lots of his art there. Great history of the house and a good video. The grounds are awesome. So many beautiful orchids and other tropicals. Huge fish in pond. A young couple was there with a wedding coordinator planning their wedding. What a special place this will be!

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

We love that you enjoyed the property so much! There is quite a bit to take in and it seems as though you found it all. And yes, we host many events in our gardens here and it is a very special place. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review! More 

Warsaw, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Just a very interesting home and gardens. It really gives a sense of history. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Plenty to see.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the excellent review and we are glad you enjoyed the property and the history it holds! Hope to see you again! More 

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