The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in this for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today we operate as a museum providing guided tours every fifteen minutes from nine to five. The Museum is available for weddings and corporate events. Visit this National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by the Library of Congress for its importance in U.S. History. Grand Architecture, Lush Gardens, Educational Tours, Book Store/Gift Shop and the world famous Poly dactyl (six-toed cats).
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  • JOANNA A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LIZ was a great tour guide!
    LIZ was our tour guide and she was very informative and fun! LIZ had many anecdotes and made the tour really interesting. Thanks, LIZ! This museum is a MUST SEE! The house and the garden were very nice and well-maintained. We loved the cats.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • rmanzino
    Stamford, Connecticut19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very, very interesting..!!!
    The Ernest Hemingway home is a 'must do' when visiting Key West. As I am a history buff, I found the home to be like a time capsule with regard to the life of this famous writer. When you have paid admission, you will be asked if you would like to take a guided tour at no additional charge. I would highly recommend that you do so, as the tour guide is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the home, the grounds, and of course, Hemingway himself. Whether you take the tour or not, you are still free to roam around and view everything yourself. My only caveat is that the Hemingway House may not be a suitable attraction for young children as they may not appreciate touring the very old home and listening to the guide's commentary with the possible exception of all the. six-toed cats that freely roam the property. But if you are a fan of Hemingway or a history buff like myself, this attraction should not be missed!
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Charles M
    Virginia103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Key West legend comes alive during guided tour
    A must stop on any visit to Key West, the Hemingway Home is best experienced with the guided tours. Informative, entertaining (our guide, Sarah?, even knew the names of all 57 cats!), and richly appreciative of the life of the writer and adventurer who has left an inspirational mark on the US and the world. Take your time to wander the grounds prior to the guided tour, but don't skip the tour. Many thanks to the staff.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Arne B
    Munich, Germany131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once Hemingway's home, now cat residents
    This house has an interesting history. Ideal way to learn about it, is taking one of the free tours. The guides are highly knowledgeable. Once the tour is finished visitor have time to explore alone. Of course main attraction here are the mutant cats.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Charles N
    Apollo Beach, Florida113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded My Expectations
    I'd been told that this was a place I could skip, but I'm sure glad i didn't listen to my friend. Short tour, but expertly led by a young man, Rob, who was a treasure of knowledge about the house, the man, and the cats! The tour is only 30 minutes or so (it could have been a bit longer as Rob obviously had more to share), but given the sparse furnishings and small nature of the house, it was OK. Makes me want to read another Hemingway novel!.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • h0ldhusen
    Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique historical place
    A walking tour of the historic house and grounds. Each of the volunteer tour guides has a slightly different story to tell. I have visited three times over the past 20 years. This is a good starting point for a day trip to Key West, because parking is free in this area (note I did not say easy) and other points of interest are all within reasonable walking distance.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • chipsin
    174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    Love the cats all 57 of them. Very well maintained and very nice people, cats are friendly and healthy/did notice that one car got out side the compound it was around 5 pm the cat was running on the outside wall looking to get back in and it did jump over the fence into the yard. Told the person at the ticket window but they did nit seem interested.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Jill E
    Easley, South Carolina248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven for all Literature and/or Cat Lovers!
    As a literature nerd AND an avid cat person, what’s not to love?!? I thoroughly enjoyed the informative tour, provided by Jody, one of several knowledgeable and friendly guides. The 57 polydactyl cats roam freely throughout the house and garden, and most are happy to be petted, which is allowed, as long as guests don’t pick them up. Seeing Hemingway’s small writing studio and typewriter was extra special. The only disappointment was that the gift shop was out of almost all their cute t-shirts, except in massive sizes. Be sure to have cash, as no debit or credit cards are accepted for the entrance fee. I’d say this is a “must see” while in Key West.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2023
  • FoodieWineFun
    Vancouver, Washington63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it (especially if you like cats)
    This tour cost about $18 per person if you are DIY (not with a tour operator). But a guide to take you through the house is free after that, aside from the requested tipping. It's very informative and interesting, especially if you are a Hemmingway fan. The memorabilia on the walls and elsewhere is cool. Finally, the cats (57 when we visited) are cool, and petting is allowed. Many have the 6 toes. It is an official "cat zoo" as well. Fun tour and glad we did it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Geof J
    Germantown, Wisconsin488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful piece of history with ...cats!
    We visited the house while visiting Key West and thoroughly loved the history, Hemongway's story and getting a glimpse of what it was like when he lived here. His story is tragic in the end but his legacy lives on here. The guide was informative and had good stories and the cats were a lot of fun. Definitely worth a visit whether you are a history buff or enjoyed Hemingway's writing or just want a quiet (ish) place to see a glimpse of old Key West
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
I have been to Hemingway house many times over the last 20 years. On this last tour, which was I felt rushed, minimal information was given by the guide and minimal time was given to really look around the rooms. The tours can be reserved online only for specific time, giving the impression that there will be only a limited number of visitors in the house. That is not so. Walk in visitors that do not require tour are admitted in at any time so there are crowds of people everywhere. Everyone is required to wear a face mask. Even through the mask, I could smell slight odor of kitty litter throughout the entire house, that has never happened to me before. It’s an interesting place to visit for a fan of Hemingway, not so for teenagers.
Written March 22, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We always appreciate our returning customers and hope the next time you visit we will be operating normally in a post COVID world.
Written March 23, 2021
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esm321
Roebling, NJ106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Our experience at the Hemingway House was rough... but I'd go again under different circumstances.

Due to social distancing and some miscommunication by the person working the ticketing booth, we never made the tour of the home and just explored the gardens.

We didn't realize that it was a guided tour that was limited to 10 people per group. We waited our turn in line for a tour for more than half an hour, but with it being so hot, son got bored. When we went back to the ticketing booth to ask if we could just go in the gardens, the woman got slightly rude with my husband. We found another tour guide who was helpful.

We went into the gardens just to see the cats. The cats are awesome and so friendly, and we loved looking around to find them. We also downloaded the app for $2.99 to learn more about the cats. But, then our son got a little too comfortable with the cats. He was chasing the cats into the jungle of plants, and I was chasing him. We didn't want to get thrown out for terrorizing the cats so we cut our visit short.

I would have loved to take the tour and learn more about the property, but the wait for the tour was ridiculous, especially since we were not informed at the gate about it being a guided tour, or about the wait time. If we had known those two things, we may have skipped it.
Written July 22, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review and feedback. I am glad you all enjoyed the cats and garden areas during your visit, but I will make sure I communicate with my staff today about explaining things more clearly. We also appreciate your understanding with all the regulations that are being installed upon us in this COVID era. We look forward to seeing you again and hopefully it will be with no regulations.
Written July 23, 2020
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Superkatt
Sweden6,711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This house is situated at 907 Whitehead Street, Key West.
Be prepared to pay in cash at the front desk, credit cards are not accepted. Guided tours are available for those interested, but you can also walk around the house and garden on your own.
Do not miss the upper floor balcony where a scene of Timothy Dalton’s James Bond movie License to Kill was shot. The balcony is a wonderful photographic spot.

You may meet the famous six-toed cats on the premises, polydactyle cats, they are the descendants of Hemingway’s own cats. Infoboards are available for those interested in the cats’, house´s and Hemingway´s history. Depending on your level of interest you may spend 30 minutes to a few hours here.
There is a gift shop on the ground floor, selling books and souvenirs, as well as restrooms. This place easily becomes crowded, so plan a visit during the early hours for a more comfortable visit.
Written November 14, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you got to enjoy and explore everything the museum has to offer during your visit.
Written November 14, 2020
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Rusty
Rockledge, FL236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Even if you have never read a Hemingway novel (something I am guilty of) this is a fascinating place to visit. This Spanish Colonial style house was original built in 1851 and Hemingway lived here from 1931 until 1939 with his second wife Pauline. Only cash is accepted and the price of admission includes a 30-minute guided tour, the quality of which depends on the guide so make sure to walk through the house again to read some of the displays and snap a few photos. Highlights of the home include his writing room, pool, art, gardens and of course the famous 6-toed cats which roam the property freely.
Written March 29, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you got to enjoy so much of the museum during your visit. We hope to see you again after these wild times calm down.
Written April 12, 2020
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hennaeel
Lunenburg, MA201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Well maintained home with beautiful grounds and lots of cats. An excellent tribute to Mr. Hemingway's life and contributions to the Key West Community. Very crowded the day I went, but it was nice to see people appreciating it. Cash only to get in, so come prepared. Stop into the gift shop to pick up some of his works if you are unfamiliar-my personal favorite has always been The Sun Also Rises.
Written January 25, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you got to enjoy the house and didn't let the crowd bother you from having a great time.
Written January 27, 2020
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Elizabeth111760
Baltimore, MD63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a tour really worth doing when visiting Key West. We went through first with a tour guide and then went through again by ourselves so that we had time to look at each room more carefully and read the historical information posted in each room. The photos throughout the house were really interesting.
A note - they only accept cash for admission to the museum and there are a lot of cats there.
Written February 10, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you got to take so much time during your visit to the museum.
Written February 11, 2020
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TRAVELJUNKIES01
Corvallis, OR153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We have been here once before and enjoyed it as much the second time. Each guide has his/her own way of describing Hemingway and his life. A heads up, they don't take credit cards for admission, cash only...$20/ adult for admission...not all of our party had cash...
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your second visit just as much as the first. We hope to see you again.
Written January 10, 2020
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Noahelijastella
Becker, MN244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The house opens at 9 and there was a line waiting at the door by 8:45 from
the cruise ships in town. They only accept CASH so make sure you have the $15 per person on you.

Take the tour with a tour guide— they do a nice job highlighting the house, pointing out the names of the cats, and telling stories. Plan on spending an hour to an hour and a half for the tour and walking the grounds.

This tour would not be very interesting for children.
Written February 11, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and got to experience so much of the museum during your visit.
Written February 12, 2020
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NormLWat
Waterloo, Canada877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The 30 minute guided tour is worth the minimal charge. Hear the various stories about Hemingway’s life, his passion for key west and all about the cats and their toes! The house is filled with pictures, information plaques that you can cycle back too after your tour. Beautiful grounds are nice to stroll through. Gift shop is hidden in the back of the home and fairly small. Spend your time touring about or petting the cats - there are a lot of them! Note: the tour does involve navigating some stairs.
Written April 5, 2020
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed the tour and got to explore and get the true feeling of the museum during you visit.
Written April 12, 2020
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PetiteOrca
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I am a fan of Ernest Hemingway’s work and was excited to visit this museum. But my experience of this museum on Tues, Feb 4 (around 11:00 am - 12:30 pm) was marred by the rude treatment by staff of Asian tourists generally.

Our visit began with an unsettling encounter at the ticket booth of the museum. When my friend (British of Asian descent) greeted the old white man working at the ticket booth with a cheery “Hello”, he said nothing in return and stared back with hostility. So I (American of Asian descent) stepped in and said, “Two tickets please.” I politely handed him cash for the tickets, but instead of handing me the change and the tickets in return, he slapped the change and the tickets on the counter top. Given that this same man at the ticket booth had just been so friendly and courteous with the white tourists immediately in front of us, my friend and I were taken aback by how we were treated.

Later during the visit, feeling short of breath and lightheaded, I sat down in one of the plastic chairs outdoors on the front porch to rest. The old white man from the ticket booth had switched to becoming a tour guide. He walked up to me and said curtly, “Get up. Get up.” No “please”; no explanation of why he needed me to get up. I looked around in confusion as other tourists (all white) sitting in the other plastic chairs on the front porch were left in peace. He began pulling the chair out from under me while I stood up. Note that I also am obviously pregnant (6 months).

I was at a loss for words and glared at him. Perhaps it was a combination of noticing that I was pregnant or noticing that I was glaring at him, but he finally said something that showed that maybe he knew he had been incredibly rude: “Here you may sit here.” He moved the chair about two feet to the side and gestured for me to sit.

In light of the above experience, I would say the precious reviewers complaining of rude treatment of Asian tourists were spot on. My friend and I certainly felt targeted for no reason other than the fact that we were Asian in appearance. What a shame for this to be the experience that the caretakers of Ernest Hemingway’s legacy wish to pass along.
Written February 4, 2020
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I do apologize for our employees actions. I also thank you for the time estimation that you were here so I can go back and look at our cameras to find out who it was. We will take immediate action when we find out the employee and take it from their. If you have any other concerns please email me at hemingwayhomekeywest@gmail.com and if something like this ever happens again at any place you visit please call for a manager so this issue can be resolved immediately.
Written February 5, 2020
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