The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West: Hours, Address, The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
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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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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,534 contributions
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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BronteBucket
Harrogate, UK568 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
A small queue had formed just before opening but everyone was allowed in when the gates opened. Cash only. Having just missed the 9.15am tour (teenagers being slow off the mark this opening) we just wandered around under our own steam. I think we missed out by not waiting for the next tour to get all the inside stories however there was plenty of information to read on the walls and information points around the museum. The house itself that large but it is perfectly formed with a lovely garden and verandah all the way around it. Ernest had an upstairs writing room in a separate building to the house which once had an iron walk way going across from the master bedroom to the writing room for complete solace. Inspired to read A Farewell To Arms as a result of the visit. Disappointing that the on-site shop did not have it but found it in a store in town.

The stars of the show for my teenagers were the 58 cats (and kittens) who live on site. They are all named after Hollywood actors/actresses; we met Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Betty Gable, Shirley Temple and Gary Cooper amongst others. Due to some genetic defect many of them have six toes!
Written December 31, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you and your family enjoyed exploring the house and grounds with all of our amazing cats.
Written January 10, 2022
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SuzyQu15
Brooklyn, NY1,443 contributions
Apr 2022
As a Hemingway fan, this house was a priority for me. One thing to note, admission is by cash only. It gets quite crowded so try to go early or later in the day. No reservations, but the line was not too long. There were two options offered; wait about 45 minutes for a guided tour or go right in on our own. We opted to go on our own but were disappointed that there was no literature offered to self guide, as we have had at other historic properties. Also, no reduction in price for self guided, which didn’t seem fair. Also, just coming off pandemic, we thought this house was much too crowded with no room for social distancing at all. Finished complaining, now for the plus points; interesting Caribbean style house, lots of Hemingway pictures and memorabilia and the grounds were lovely to wander through. Also unique were Hemingway’s many (about 60, I believe) 6 toed cats freely roaming the house and gardens. If you don’t like cats, be forewarned! They were very friendly and tolerant of the visitors to their home. Highly recommend!
Written April 30, 2022
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,226 contributions
Mar 2022
I was really looking forward to visiting the Hemingway house. I expected to see a home left as it was when Hemmingway lived there (8 years), with furnishings, personal items, etc. However, this home was auctioned off by his sons after the author died. Rather than a tribute to a great American writer and a glimpse into his home, this is strictly a money-making venture. The admission of $17 is cash only and they admit as many people who are willing to pay it. They charge you an additional $6 to download an audio to your phone. Really? The day before we visited, we were at the lighthouse across the street. We saw lines of people moving slowly along the veranda Disneyland style and wondered what they were doing. Now we know. There is virtually no furniture or personal belongings in the home and what is there you really don’t know whether it belonged to Hemmingway. There are movie posters and photographs, but you could have seen those just about anywhere. We were going to do the guided tour, but it gets very crowded (especially on cruise ship days) and we didn’t want to deal with a bunch of people cramming into rooms. We spent 12 minutes, 15 if you count me going to the gift shop. You can peek into Hemingway’s writing studio in the back. The gardens are pretty and you’ll share them (and the home) with 58 cats (seriously). Even a stroll through the garden was marred by employees smoking in the break area. Ick. If this were not a “must do” attraction when visiting Key West, I would have been perfectly happy skipping it. But it’s kind of like going to New York and not going by the Empire State Building.
Written March 15, 2022
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Kim W
Acworth, GA49 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Beautiful architecture in the middle of Olde Town Key West. The house is well maintained and guests can take a guided or self-walk tour through the house and grounds. 58 polydactyl cats live on the grounds and are fun and friendly. Visit the bookstore for souvenirs or reading materials. Make sure you take cash for the $17 entrance fee as they don’t accept credit card. Parking is super limited so walk or take the trolley if possible. Go early as towards the middle of the day you will wait in line to enter. I went at 9:30am on a rainy day and walked right in.
Written February 14, 2022
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MG
112 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
I enjoyed this visit, although it was extremely crowded. The house is a large and elegant example of the beautiful timber framed houses that Key West is full of and wandering the streets is really the big draw to Key West. The tour is free once you’ve paid and is interesting, although I really enjoyed walking the grounds and the house by myself. We walked past the house later that day and there was a queue stretching around the block - I would recommend going early in the dry season as it seems to get very busy.
Written December 25, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and took the extra time to explore the house and grounds on your own. I would also recommend to our future guests to come in the morning or after 3 all year long, but we can never guarantee when it will be slow.
Written December 27, 2021
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL819 contributions
Jul 2021
My wife and I visited the Hemingway Home on Key West on our recent visit to Key West. We enjoyed our visit. Do note that the museum only takes cash for the entry fee. It was $17 per adult when we went. The home sits on one of the largest sites for any home on Key West. It is nearly an acre. It was originally built by Asa Tift who worked in marine salvage on Key West. Hemingway moved into the home in the 1930s. He appreciated the location for having the privacy to write. He lived there with his second wife, Pauline.
The admission to the home includes a guided tour of the house and grounds. Our guide was very informative and answered questions knowledgeably. The home is two stories and has Hemingway paraphernalia throughout. We learned a lot about the location as well as the life of Earnest Hemingway. The house and grounds have many six-toed cats wandering about. They are all descendants of Snow White, the white cat Earnest Hemingway gave to his children. We enjoyed our visit to the home.
Written July 10, 2021
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Thank you for the review. We are glad you learned so much and enjoyed your tour immensely!
Written July 11, 2021
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Superkatt
Sweden6,682 contributions
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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KKGriz
Rochester, NY74 contributions
Apr 2022
A great place for finding out about Hemingway and his life, and about old Key West since the house goes back a long time.
And just as Hemingway wrote about the Green hills of Africa, the museum expects you to bring the green; be prepared they do not take plastic, cash only if you want to get in. But it is worth it.
Written April 3, 2022
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joefB6510LM
Cheverly, Maryland9 contributions
Apr 2022
Having read a lot of Hemingway and watched the PBS special, we were very interested in seeing his house first hand. The house, gardens, his writing building, and the pool were all well-kept and beautiful. The rooms are appointed with historical artifacts from Hemingway's full and eccentric life. There is a self-guided tour, but it is on-line and in small print and difficult to read. There are guided tours as well, but we chose not to do it. The house was very crowded since it was spring break, and we were nervous about COVID since no one was wearing a mask. I'd suggest going early when it first opens and hope that it isn't too crowded. Nevertheless, it is well worth the visit.
Written April 14, 2022
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