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Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum

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Address: 281 Front Street, Key West, FL 30040
Phone Number: 305-295-6616
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Must see museum!

Many interesting exhibits here along with a beauty building with wonderful wrap around porch. We enjoyed the Guy Harvey drawings of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. Flagler... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Vi0letBeach
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Hudson, Florida
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Hudson, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many interesting exhibits here along with a beauty building with wonderful wrap around porch. We enjoyed the Guy Harvey drawings of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. Flagler railway history is amazing. Unique statues outside. Well worth the visit.

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a great museum... The area that displayed the history of the Flagler railway is a must see. There is also an entire area downstairs that changes periodically... They get different traveling exhibits displayed there. It perfect for a rainy day!

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Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is small, but contains a lot of interesting things. My wife and I really enjoyed the 59 pen and ink drawings (up the staircase) by Guy Harvey depicting scenes from the Hemmingway story, The Old Man and the Sea. The drawings matched the story line and it was like reading a book as you went up the stairs.... More 

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Thank Illinois_John
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For $10, visiting this museum is well worth it. I especially enjoyed the Tennessee Williams paintings and Hemingway's actual uniform. The staff/volunteers? were extremely kind and helpful.

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Thank FrannyGlass1976
Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the Key West Art Museum. I am on a limited budget so I could not afford to go inside. I did however explore the exterior. I loved the sculptures of people. They were so life like and realistic. The garden there is pretty. The cost to get in the museum was probably worth it. I think it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went without great expectations and were pleasantly surprised at the breadth of history of the island displayed there in addition to exhibits of Hemingway and artist Guy Harvey's drawings inspired by Old Man and the Sea novel, as well as the local Cuban expat folk art phenom's works downstairs. The history of the island and its part in wars,... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Came to find out about Key West's history and was all very interesting. The art was also worth a long look too, would recommend a visit for 1-2 hours.

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Cape Canaveral, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This museum is a must for those interested in the history of Key West. There are many exhibits detailing the construction of the railway and subsequently the overseas highway. So many things to see and learn !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Great sculptures. This museum covers lots of KW history from USS Maine, Hemingway, hurricanes, train/road making due to Mr. Flagler... Truly the best museum here.

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

The exhibits downstairs apparently change from time to time. We enjoyed the large photos in one of the room with descriptions. The artwork in the other room included historical items. Curious if all their artwork exhibited is historical? They had a great exhibit of Guy Harvey art of Old Man of the Sea. Good museum displays upstairs. Enjoyed this.

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