Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Operated by the Key West Art & Historical Society, the Keys oldest cultural non-profit. The mission of the Key West Art & Historical Society is to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public.
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  • Travelcrazt
    Salt Lake City, Utah64 contributions
    Amazing View From The Top
    The Key West Lighthouse has an awesome view from the top. There are many steps in a spiral staircase to get to the top, but everyone was going at a relaxed rate, so it was not too hard. The view from the observation deck is amazing. The Keeper's Quarter's was neat and featured some of the lenses from the light. This was a fun experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 3, 2023
  • KW Conch
    Kearney, Missouri75 contributions
    Can’t beat the view.
    A nicely key spot that allows some time away from the busier areas. Here is someone there that will give a quick education of the lighthouse and some facts on Key West. It’s a well spent hour or so. Be ready to climb some small stairs. The view is worth it though. It’s nice that they don’t let too many people up at a time.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • mayniacmo
    Waterloo, Canada158 contributions
    Great Views!
    We went to the top of the lighthouse where you have some fantastic views! The stairs up isn’t too tough and there are a couple of resting stops along the way. The house has a lot of information also. I’d recommend coming earlier before it gets too busy as the stairs are narrow!
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Lisa F
    Woodstock, Georgia5 contributions
    Beautiful views and a look into the lives of the historic light keepers.
    Great piece of history and amazing views from the top of the lighthouse! Historic Keeper's Quarters offers a look into the lives of the light keepers and their families. The iron stairs could be a challenge, I think there were 88 steps and they are narrow and spiral. But the views are well worth the climb!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • J & D
    California, Maryland182 contributions
    Well maintained museum with a great view from the top.
    Well maintained museum with a great view from the top. If unable to climb the 88 steps to the top suggest reconsidering the paying the admission cost. While I suspect the museum is completely self funded (no government assistance) the admission cost is high considering the small size of the museum. But I guess this is needed to maintain all of the buildings.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Jjanen
    Lake Wales, Florida278 contributions
    A great view.
    This was a wonderful attraction. You got in your exercise, a history lesson and a great view all in one visit. I climbed up the 88 steps to the top of this lighthouse. My quads were very sore at the end of this. But the view is a wonderful reward. I then wandered about the light keepers cottage museum where they had a great display about the whole history of this lighthouse and the technology behind lighthouses in general. They had a nice little gift shop. Staff was very nice. This visit doesn't take long under an hour. I very much enjoyed my visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Carol P
    28 contributions
    88 steps to the top!
    I love to check out and climb lighthouses in places where we visit. We've been to Key West several times, but hadn't climbed this one yet! I went alone since my husband had booked a massage. I went right at 10 when they opened and I was the first one up! I bought my ticket online ahead of time and saved a couple bucks. It's a tight/spiral staircase with 2 landings. Beautiful views from the top! and a nice museum and giftshop to visit afterwards.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 2, 2024
  • KB231blue
    252 contributions
    Small museum with a great view
    The stairway to the top of the lighthouse is narrow so passing someone going the opposite direction takes some care. There are 88 steps to the top and the view of Key West is pretty. The Keepers Quarters Museum was a small but nice representation of the history of the lighthouses, their history and the tenders of the lighthouses in Key West.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 14, 2024
  • J E
    Fredericksburg, Virginia8,929 contributions
    Nice Views from the Top!
    88 steps to the top and we’ll worth the view! You can see all the way around the entire island! It’s nice and breezy up there too. Go early so you don’t have to wait in a long line to go up. The keeper’s museum is also well worth seeing, so make time for it once you come back down. Been to Key West many times, but this is my first time checking out this attraction and it was well worth the visit!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 17, 2024
  • FLKelie
    Jensen Beach, Florida26 contributions
    Don't miss this gem!
    Loved the lighthouse and keeper's quarters museum. It was great to be able to see the actual quarters and climb to the top of the lighthouse. The view was amazing! The staff was very nice and informative. The grounds are beautiful and spacious. They offer a beautifully stocked gift shop with tons of items to choose from. Highly recommend!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
Jan 2020
The Key West lighthouse is just across the Hemingway's house, so after touring it we decided to climb it.
I like viewpoints very much, and in every city I visit I climb one. This was also the case here, although I was in doubt what I'll see. Paid the rather expensive admission fee (12$ if I remember correctly) and was greatly disappointed the very moment I climbed.
Yes, you see the whole island, but there's nothing to see but trees and rooftops. I usually stay on such places 30+ min, here I was 2 min.
Just take a pic of the nice whitewashed lighthouse from the street level, and save your time and money skipping the climb.
Written February 20, 2020
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The Kings
38 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The lighthouse itself was really neat to learn about the history and had an amazing panoramic view of Key West but I don't think it was fairly priced for the experience. It was $16 per person and it does not take much time to climb up the 88 steps and go through the museum. (Approx 15-30 minutes if you're slow)
Written October 10, 2020
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,105 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
This was perhaps the best and most interesting site on KW for me. Right in the center of town on Whitehead St (opposite the Hemingway House). It is a moderate climb of 88 steps to the top but well worth it. You get a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of the island and there are annotations on the rails pointing out the important sites. A great photo op. There was also a guide /historian on top who answered questions about the tower and the town. I forgot his name but he was excellent and a treasure trove of knowledge. I learned more about KW from him than from any guidebooks. There is also an interesting little museum on the bottom, a gift shop and a parking lot which could be accessed from Truman Street. The entrance fee is steep ($17), seniors/students ($12) but IMO worth it. This site is a must see!
Written December 11, 2020
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coldmtn
dacula, ga323 contributions
Feb 2020
A guide greeted us as we walked onto the grounds of the lighthouse and keepers’ house (now a museum). She was very knowledgeable of the history of the area and of the families who had lived in the keepers’ house. We learned from the guide and from exploring the home/museum about the lives of the keepers through the years. Several keepers were women, which was rare in those days. The museum houses old photographs, belongings, and writings of those who lived there. You can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the lighthouse and have a 360 degree view of the town. Markers identify building that can be seen from various points around the walkway at the top of the lighthouse. In addition to visiting the keepers’ house and lighthouse, take a few minutes to walk around the grounds and see the amazing “false banyan” trees. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here.
Written March 10, 2020
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Alex Giffin
Winchester, VA7 contributions
Jan 2020
Not only did they have a great gift shop and museum but the lighthouse had amazing views of the Florida Keys, the town of Key West and the cruise ship. This definitely is a must due when visiting Key West. Students get in for 5 dollars which is an added bonus!
Written January 9, 2020
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Peter K
Indianapolis, IN71 contributions
Feb 2022
The Key West Lighthouse experience provided an amazing capstone to our time on the island. With the grounds, small but private, to ourselves, the time my wife and I enjoyed with the tasty charcuterie board and champaign couldn't have provided a better ending to our stay. The 88 steps top the top of the lighthouse weren't so tough, and the views, both in general and of the sunset, were fantastic. Unless you prefer loud crowds and a risk of not getting a great angle for the sunset at Mallory Square, I'd suggest the 80-foot lighthouse is better for its private staging as the sun disappears over the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico. We took the time to tour the Keeper's Quarters Museum afterwards, as we enjoy such history, and we biked from there to Kermit's for our last sampling of Keylime pie before heading home the following afternoon. All in all a wonderful, memorable experience we highly recommend..
Written February 8, 2022
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Stanley L
21 contributions
Feb 2020
This lighthouse is in the heart of the old section of Key West and literally a fenced in site of about one half of a block. It is located across the street from the historic Hemingway House which is also worth seeing also. My wife loved that tour seeing as she is an author herself. The lighthouse is worth seeing from a historic standpoint but very tough to get anything other than an up close photo of the light tower because of the tight city setting conditions.
Written March 6, 2020
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Mark S
Sarasota52 contributions
Jan 2020
We love to tour light houses, and this was certainly a unique one. The stairs are rather narrow, so it gets very tight if someone is coming from the other direction. Keepers house was also very interesting. Definitely worth a stop.
Written January 11, 2020
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Suzanne W
Houston, TX21 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We did the sunset private tour and it was amazing. Our family of four had the place to ourselves. We could take our time in the museum and got to watch the sunset from the top of the lighthouse. We had a cheese board and bottle of wine on the patio of the keepers quarters. So unique and very VIP!!! I highly recommend this for great views of the entire area as well as a gorgeous sunset over the ocean. We could see the Gulf, the Atlantic and a 360 view of Key West. Great views of the Hemingway House too. This would be a great spot for a proposal/engagement. Only ONE group is booked each evening. We thought it was a good value for the cost too. I would give it 10 stars if I could! Thank you, Chaz; you made this a memorable evening on our family vacation!
Written December 30, 2021
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Noelle F
Jacksonville, FL9 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Great view from the top of the lighthouse. You can see the whole island and information at the top shows what you are seeing. Admission includes visiting the light keeper’s house with historical artifacts. Nice attached gift shop also. A little pricey for admission.
Written July 13, 2021
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